xXx: Return of Xander Cage made Vin Diesel a three time action star. After the unwanted xXx: State of the Union, the xXx franchise was given the Fast Five treatment. So Diesel returned to the tattooed, fur coat wearing role of Xander Cage 15 years after his apparent death. Despite playing Dominic Toretto five times in between, Return of Xander Cage maintained the extreme dumb fun spy action that worked in the early 2000’s. Fast and Furious logic meant less laws of physics and a team of ethnically diverse thrillseekers.
Every Triple X agent is given stats since all of them appear for the first time. Between more gorgeous women in exotic locations, is a cast of athletes, models, rappers, and martial artists. Ruby Rose stands out the most as a sharpshooter, while Nina Dobrev is the adorkable gadgets expert. Deepika Padukone becomes Cage’s new foreign love interest and Toni Collette becomes the new Gibbons who tasks the team with retrieving another world ending McGuffin called “Pandora’s Box.” The villains stand out more with Donnie Yen getting some martial arts in as a defected xXx agent.
Samuel L. Jackson finds time to play xXx founder Gibbons before he dies for the second time. His survival was spoiled in the trailer just like Ice Cube’s last minute return as Darius Stone. Return of Xander Cage is more Mission: Impossible than Bond, with xXx continuing to perform awesome death defying stunts. Cage skis downhill after base jumping, skateboards through the Dominican Republic, jet skis with a motorcycle, and jumps out a plane without a parachute. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is low on brains, but high on Diesel.
Preceded by: xXx: State of the Union