xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

Welcome to the return of a franchise, and a resurrection of a now implied-dead dude. The franchise—xXx—was made for guilty-pleasure viewing, and so, while the second one was universally panned, you’d expect the latest to bring up some charm (?) of the first, considering it’s a reunion of some key members of the first’s cast. Return of Xander Cage, thus, has enough expectations associated with it.

It is, however, also a sequel. But then again, the franchise itself was not a serious business at all, so if the movie would be terrible, it’s not like it’s made any real benchmarks to begin with.

Right? Right.

THE MOVIE

Let’s get this out in the open: the latest installment of xXx is a phenomenally silly film, filled with flabbergasting preposterousness by the minute.

It’s also tons of fun.  Caruso’s latest is filled with the very tone Suicide Squad made a desperate attempt to nail—only, Return of Xander Cage succeeds where last year’s summer disaster failed miserably. Sure, the movie is filled with some questionable edit decisions and cringeworthy dialogue-writing, but you’d want to forgive them simply because of how self-aware its absurdity is. Come to think of it: the latest xXx heads the Fast & Furious road—except, more in the vein of the gloriously daft Tokyo Drift and its follow-up installment.

All this film cares about is to reach the pinnacle of coolth.ANKIT OJHA

While the current films of Diesel’s other, more popular, franchise seems to have gone down the self-serious road, xXx revives the decade-old popular trend of guilty pleasure absolution. Allow us to demonstrate: Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Toni Colette and Donnie Yen, among others, are slotted very specific, trope-heavy characters, and they play them to the gallery without as much as phoning it in. Everyone knows what they’re in for, and they’re all for it. Their overall effortlessness makes it all look like one big party you want in on.

If we’re honest, all this film cares about is to reach the pinnacle of coolth. And from its stunt-work to the comedic snark and one-liners delivered with conviction only the likes of the actors here could have, it is an ultimate, if irreverent, success. Viewers who can tap into the overall goofiness of Return of Xander Cage within its first ten minutes itself will headily enjoy the film’s kitsch quite easily. That’s your litmus test to know what your stand on the film is.

VERDICT

xXx: Return of Xander Cage has its eponymous character finishing off his antagonist by exploding a commode mid-air.

And if that kind of cheese is up your alleyway, give this one a try. It’s the kind of satisfactory weekend entertainment which is enjoyable and disposable in equal measure. It’s a cool-looking guilty pleasure that is executed functionally enough for its viewers to watch its protagonists gun down some bad guys while simultaneously looking dope as hell.

Really, it does what it says on the tin, which should be just about enough for the likes of this film.

Watch the trailer here:

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Plot

Return of Xander Cage is—well—about the return of Xander Cage. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, and him doing unbelievably cool stuff with a bunch of people doing unbelievably cool stuff.

Cast

Vin Diesel
Deepika Padukone
Donnie Yen

Director

DJ Caruso

Rated

PG-13

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Donnie Yen
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THE PLOT

Return of Xander Cage is—well—about the return of Xander Cage. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, and him doing unbelievably cool stuff with a bunch of people doing unbelievably cool stuff.

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

Welcome to the return of a franchise, and a resurrection of a now implied-dead dude. The franchise—xXx—was made for guilty-pleasure viewing, and so, while the second one was universally panned, you’d expect the latest to bring up some charm (?) of the first, considering it’s a reunion of some key members of the first’s cast. Return of Xander Cage, thus, has enough expectations associated with it.

It is, however, also a sequel. But then again, the franchise itself was not a serious business at all, so if the movie would be terrible, it’s not like it’s made any real benchmarks to begin with.

Right? Right.

THE MOVIE

Let’s get this out in the open: the latest installment of xXx is a phenomenally silly film, filled with flabbergasting preposterousness by the minute.

It’s also tons of fun.  Caruso’s latest is filled with the very tone Suicide Squad made a desperate attempt to nail—only, Return of Xander Cage succeeds where last year’s summer disaster failed miserably. Sure, the movie is filled with some questionable edit decisions and cringeworthy dialogue-writing, but you’d want to forgive them simply because of how self-aware its absurdity is. Come to think of it: the latest xXx heads the Fast & Furious road—except, more in the vein of the gloriously daft Tokyo Drift and its follow-up installment.

All this film cares about is to reach the pinnacle of coolth.ANKIT OJHA

While the current films of Diesel’s other, more popular, franchise seems to have gone down the self-serious road, xXx revives the decade-old popular trend of guilty pleasure absolution. Allow us to demonstrate: Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Toni Colette and Donnie Yen, among others, are slotted very specific, trope-heavy characters, and they play them to the gallery without as much as phoning it in. Everyone knows what they’re in for, and they’re all for it. Their overall effortlessness makes it all look like one big party you want in on.

If we’re honest, all this film cares about is to reach the pinnacle of coolth. And from its stunt-work to the comedic snark and one-liners delivered with conviction only the likes of the actors here could have, it is an ultimate, if irreverent, success. Viewers who can tap into the overall goofiness of Return of Xander Cage within its first ten minutes itself will headily enjoy the film’s kitsch quite easily. That’s your litmus test to know what your stand on the film is.

VERDICT

xXx: Return of Xander Cage has its eponymous character finishing off his antagonist by exploding a commode mid-air.

And if that kind of cheese is up your alleyway, give this one a try. It’s the kind of satisfactory weekend entertainment which is enjoyable and disposable in equal measure. It’s a cool-looking guilty pleasure that is executed functionally enough for its viewers to watch its protagonists gun down some bad guys while simultaneously looking dope as hell.

Really, it does what it says on the tin, which should be just about enough for the likes of this film.

Watch trailer here:

About the Author

Ankit Ojha

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Ambivert. Intermittent cynic. Content creator. New media enthusiast. Binge-watcher. Budding filmmaker.

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