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xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)



Critic Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.

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The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series' signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, "xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE" will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

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Vin Diesel
as Xander Cage
Tony Jaa
as Talon
Ruby Rose
as Adele
Toni Collette
as Jane Marke
Samuel L. Jackson
as Augustus Gibbons
Al Sapienza
as CIA Director
Rory McCann
as Tennyson Torch
Tony Gonzalez
as Paul Donovan
Nigel Bennett
as M16 Control
Terry Chen
as Chinese Politico
Daniel Kash
as Russian Spymaster
Kris Wu
as Nicks
Nicky Jam
as Lazarus
as Neymar
Charles Carroll
as Friendly Man
Héctor Aníbal
as Swat Captain
Bailey King
as Ainsley's Girls
Helena-Alexis Seymour
as Ainsley's Girl
Pilar Cruz
as Ainsley's Girl
Megan Soo
as Ainsley's Girl
Kristen Kurnik
as Ainsley's Girl
Courtney Friel
as Newscaster
Rochelle Harrison
as Choir Member
Wayne Ambrose
as Choir Member
Everald Bernard
as Choir Member
Douglas Fidel Muir
as Choir Member
Ermine Gittens
as Choir Member
Wayne Macdonald
as Choir Member
Rebecca Leung
as Island Bartender
Ken Tran
as Robber
Taylor Thaddeus
as Club Raver
Nick Grimes
as Bouncer
Kip Brown
as Bouncer
Betty Zhou
as Club Announcer
Julie Abcede
as Catwalk Partiers
Jenny Itwaru
as Catwalk Partiers
Josh Pagcaliwangan
as Catwalk Partiers
Boris Brown
as Catwalk Partiers
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Critic Reviews for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (28)

This is only slightly less dumb and nonsensical than the previous films, but it teems with thrilling action sequences and rollicking stunt work from the middle-aged Diesel and martial artist Donnie Yen.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Even in the weak signal that is the January movie season, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage hardly registers.

January 24, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

If it doesn't slap a big silly smile on your face, you may want to check your pulse.

January 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The plot, with its multiple double-crosses and 'this group must somehow form a you-know-what' plot beats, could have been written on the back of a cocktail napkin.

January 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Toward the end, the action becomes repetitive and tiresome, but there are pleasures to be had. Diesel is a terrific action star, in that he can give a movie a lift just by being there. Collette embraces the cold-blooded extremes of her role.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A rollicking shot of adrenaline that's every bit as ludicrous as the word soup posing as its title.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is an explosive, high-adrenaline action film. When a deadly satellite weapon is stolen from the NSA they recruit rogue Triple X agent Xander Cage to recover it, and to do so he puts together a team with unique skills. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Ruby Rose, and Nina Dobrev, the film has a pretty impressive cast. The script however, is garbage. The plot is formulaic, the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, and the dialog is awful. But the actions scenes are fun and exciting. And the director does a good job at shooting the fights and chases, keeping them fast-paced and full of energy. It's generic and dumb, but nevertheless XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is entertaining and delivers a lot of thrills.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Vin Diesel attempts to revitalize an older property using the same magic (and even, concept) as his beloved Fast & Furious saga, but it ultimately becomes an epic flop. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage may have some outlandish action and notable names and faces in pop-culture but it doesn't cover the blemishes of an uneven plot, cheesy dialogue and predictability. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Some people have been wanting to see a different angle on [i]James Bond[/i], perhaps diversifying the main role, well look no further. Yes I realise its a bit old hat to label this franchise as a mere Bond clone, but this movie they even go as far as to clone a classic Bond moment. That moment being the immortal sequence where Ursula Andress strides out of the sea in her white bikini. Said sequence was then cloned (or paid homage to) by Craig Daniels in 'Casino Royale', and now we have Vin Diesel doing the exact same thing in this movie. So what's this movie all about? Well not a lot really, and that's just one of the movies problems. The basic plot surrounds the CIA recruiting Xander Cage (again) because they need him to track down and find a mcguffin that can control and bring down satellites from orbit like missiles. Yes Xander Cage was thought to be dead but low and behold he's not, because of course. Get used to nonsense like this because in this franchise apparently no one dies, they could come back at any time. So the bad guys who have stolen this mcguffin are of course a small diverse band of villains consisting of Xiang (Donnie Yen the martial artist). Talon (Tony Jaa the kickboxing martial artist), Serena Unger (Deepika Padukone an Indian actress) and Hawk (Michael Bisping a British MMA fighter). To combat these guys Xander brings in his own little diverse band of misfits consisting of Harvard Zhou (Kris Wu a Chinese model/singer/actor). Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose an Australian model/DJ/actress/TV presenter), and Tennyson (Rory McCann a Scottish actor). Anyone else notice that the special forces team Xander is originally offered and rejects (before bringing in his own team), seemed to be all black guys apart from one guy. And the jungle rave scene that had men and women of various races...except for white blokes. Just my observations. Anyway I'm not having a go at diversity but when you have these little teams of people that appear to be so painfully and obviously picked so as not to upset anyone and to try and include literally everyone, it just comes across as kinda daft. Dare I say unrealistic, but Christ what am I saying, look at the movie I'm reviewing here. The intro sequence sees Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) trying to recruit fecking Neymar Jr. for flips sake! For anyone not in the know he's a soccer/football player. But yeah, five minutes into the movie and I almost switched off. The entire intro is an utter shambles of stunt doubles, greenscreen and CGI, its horrendous garbage. Cage climbs and then jumps off some huge aerial tower with skies attached to his feet. He then proceeds to land perfectly in the jungle and skiing down the hills through the thick undergrowth. He then picks up his personal skateboard from some shack and proceeds to whip down the mountainous road dodging oncoming traffic or just bouncing off it. At the end we see his skateboard actually has his xXx logo on it. I swear it was some 'Batman and Robin' shit right there. Amazingly I expected the movie to continue along this absurd line of bullshit but I was actually wrong! The movie does in fact take time to try and build something of a plot. It of course totally fails because this movie literally has no villains. What do I mean? Well the small band of diverse bad guys I mentioned turn out to be Triple X agents and are in fact trying to do the same thing as Cage. Yes there is indeed another villain in their midst, not hard to work out really, standard plot twist stuff. But when you do find out you'll also realise what I mean by this movie having no real antagonist. But going back to my original take, a Bond clone/rip-off, yeah it kinda is really. It has all the standard spy guff that you'd expect including a young sexy female equivalent of Bond character Q. There is nothing new here, stupid stunt sequences like riding motorbikes with skis on water, jumping out of planes with no chutes, fighting on top of moving trucks, fighting on a highway in traffic, getting hit by cars but not getting injured, slow motion gun battles by the sexy female characters etc...All this but with shitty looking CGI and shitty looking greenscreen work. Oh and to top all that, Ice Cube makes a cameo when the good guys are in trouble...but then just disappears into obscurity again. Why would his character just pop up for one shoot out and not help out further? Why wouldn't his character be in the entire movie? Honesty I can't remember the original two movies in this franchise. I know the second was more of a straight to DVD affair but the first movie was better than this surely? This doesn't even feel like a stand alone movie, it just feels like a [i]Fast and Furious[/i] spin-off flick. Hell this movie and the newer FaF movies are virtually the same shit! Just a bunch of over the top action sequences slapped together around a flimsy, non-existent plot. Stick in a load of half naked girls, rap/hip hop music and rave/party sequences where everyone looks sweaty and voila! Apparently movies like this make lots of money nowadays. This movie was so artificial, simply aiming to be hip, trendy and cool (über marketable to impressionable teens). All style no substance, tacky, lazy, definitely not sexy and definitely not cool. Just cringeworthy on every level.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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