Review: XXX:The Return of Xander Cage

Director: DJ Caruso

Premise: After a team of highly skilled individuals steal a device known as the Pandora’s Box, former xXx operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is brought in to retrieve it and save the world.

*Warning-This review contain spoilers*

If you’re looking for a film to kill a couple of hours on a rainy sunday then look no further. The third film in the action series features many of the same beats as the previous¬†two but without any of the fun. The rehashing of memorable bits (“The things I do for my country”) feels forced as does the cameo by Darius Stone (Ice Cube).

Vin Diesel and the cast seem so much better than this. Donnie Yen works wonders with the under developed character of Xiang, spouting off the occasional one-liner his character gets effectively. The female characters don’t fare much better with Deepika Padukone’s Serena being the most developed.

Caruso, known for directing films as Disturbia and Eagle Eye, gives the film a slick and energetic feel that makes it stand out from the ones that came before. The action scenes, whilst unoriginal, are fast and well choreographed; a later scene where Xander and Xiang fight on a plane is a particular highlight.

The plot is the simplest in the series and arguably the most predictable. Exposition is dumped between action scenes in uninspired ways and the twist is obvious within the first ten minutes.

Verdict

A bland and unoriginal action film with little plot and underdeveloped characters.

2.5/5

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