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14 Jan, 2017 1 hr 48 mins U/A
Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Hermione Corfield, Kris Wu, Al Sapienza, Michael Bisping
Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Hermione Corfield, Kris Wu, Al Sapienza, Michael Bisping
D.J. Caruso
Synopsis
This 'xXx' sequel has enough crowd-pleasing moments to distract from a predictable plot and departure from logic.
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Story:
Considered dead for years, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is pulled out of a self-imposed exile when the xXx program is threatened by the Pandora’s Box, a device capable of unleashing global destruction using geostationary satellites. Cage employs a group of thrill-seekers to help him find the weapon, as they clash against the formidable Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team of highly trained mercenaries.

Review:
Vin Diesel has a penchant for adding fuel to any franchise he’s attached to – if you’ll pardon the pun, and ‘xXx’ is no different. True to form, ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ pushes the action to the max with extreme sports, gun fu, bike chases on land and on water, jumping off a plane with no parachute – to name only a few tropes. A treacherous villain, a sharpshooting sniper (Ruby Rose), a bumbling yet adorable hacker (Nina Dobrev), an enduring mentor (Samuel L. Jackson), and a charismatic DJ (Kris Wu) for the sheer heck of it; practically all the action movie clichés have been crammed into this flick to make it quite the spectacle.

The ethnically diverse cast is great for racial representation, yet the considerable talents of the ensemble aren't exactly put on display. Donnie Yen is a legitimate Mixed Martial Arts fighter, as is Tony Jaa and even Micheal Bisping, but the fluidity of their fight sequences is stifled by the infuriating, twitchy editing technique that currently plagues Western action movies. This choppy style is usually reserved for actors who cannot perform their own stunt work, so it's an odd decision considering Yen and Jaa have repeatedly proved they can hold their own. Speaking of which, Deepika Padukone's highly awaited Hollywood debut is refreshing - she has a significant role that she plays with ample confidence and without a forced American accent, who can throw down with the rest of the boys, showcasing an Indian 'heroine' who has come a long way on the big screen.

One does not simply walk in to a Vin Diesel movie expecting compelling storytelling and thoughtful cinema, and although 'xXx’ exists in an alternate reality where the laws of physics simply don’t apply, there are enough crowd-pleasing moments to distract you from a predictable plot and departure from logic. That said, the movie has enough star power to perform well enough, particularly in Asian markets, to ensure yet another insane outing soon.
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Pankaj Singh
not expected from vin diesel....such a bullshit movie
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