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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Tracey Fox

3 Stars

Rated M

Starring Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette

 

HAVING never seen the previous instalments of this franchise, I have to admit I had really no idea what to expect, other than explosions and a buff-but-aging Vin Diesel jumping about like a fearless teenage dynamo.

And I wasn’t wrong, but even though this type of testosterone-fueled explosion boom-boom stuff doesn’t usually grab my attention, it wasn’t too bad after all.

Apparently Xander Cage (Diesel) was reported to have died in the last film, but you just can’t keep a big burly special agent down, and he resurfaces in Bora Bora after the government discovers a powerful do-hicky called Pandora’s Box that can literally drop satellites from the sky, and we just can’t have that now.

Toni Collette (Marke) with fiendishly dark eye makeup is now running the super-secret spy network that Cage once worked for, and she manages to track him down and enlist him to retrieve the box from the bad guys and save the world.

He gathers a rather diverse bunch of tough guys and our very own Aussie gal Ruby Rose as the assassin sharp shooter extraordinaire with plenty of sass and a smart mouth.

There is plenty of absurd action, a bevy of beautiful babes for Cage to charm with his gravely tones and witty one-liners, and enough dizzying stunts and martial arts mayhem to have any young man drooling in the aisles.

The story is pretty flat, but this kind of film isn’t made to be high art, it is pure action
fantasy that gets the blood pumping and it definitely is chock full of eye candy.

I seriously doubt this will win any awards, but if you just want a night out with some good old biffo action and gorgeous people to ogle, xXx: Return of Xander Cage will do the trick in a pinch.

 

About Tracey Fox

For the past seven years Tracey has been the smiling face at reception. She takes care of the classifieds and trades and services sections for the paper but she is also our reviewer. For the past five years her movies, books, theatre and food reviews have entertained our readers. She loves the fact the Echo is a small paper and its staff have a genuine interest in local issues because they are locals. Tracey says it is great working at a paper she wants to read.

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