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This third action franchise entry is amped-up dumbed-down fun to the maxXx


xXx: Return of Xander Cage (PG13: some violence and coarse language)

Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette Directed by DJ Caruso

Believed dead after the 2002 xXx and 2005’s xXx: State of the Union, Vin Diesel’s xXxtreme athlete turned government spy Xander Cage emerges from self-exile in xXx: Return of Xander Cage to race mercenary Donnie Yen for a powerful weapon of global destruction (is there any other kind?). Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, Muay Thai warrior Tony Jaa, boybander Kris Wu, Ruby Rose from Orange Is the New Black and Game of Thrones’ Rory McCann are his team of colourful multinational recruits in a gun-fu action threequel that never loses its energy nor awareness it is nothing more than loud preposterous trashy fun. Toni Collette is the National Security Agency chief. Also appearing amid the skateboarding, jumping-off-plane stunts, quips, adrenaline and attitude is a cameo by Brazilian football legend Neymar because… well, why not? 3/5

 

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