January 31st, 2017


XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

I don't really know that there's a whole lot to say about this one. The Fast Franchise has given Vin Diesel enough Hollywood clout that he can attempt to revive his other baby franchise, so he did. I so would have wanted this movie ten years ago. Now? Eh.

There were some cool action sequences, of course. I'd forgotten what made XXX stand out was his penchant for extreme sports, so that shook things up a bit. And Xander is louder and snarkier than Dom Toretto, but just similar enough that it was a little jarring anytime Vin tried to mouth off. Oh and the other big strike against the movie is how predictable it was, but you prolly saw that coming too.

One solid addition in this movie was the ladies. Ruby Rose and Deepika Padukone were righteously bad ass (God, I wanna be Ruby Rose in this movie so bad.) They were cool to watch, and I found them far more interesting than Vin's Xander. Also getting points is Nina Dobrev for going nerd as the awkward Q-esque character. We haven't seen that side of her, and I liked it. It helped balance out the film a bit more, and give it something else to stand out.

So yeah if action is your thing, (we know it's mine) then sure, it's a fine way to spend two hours. If it's not, don't bother. Stick to the Fast Films instead.

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