xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017): an Exhausting Second Sequel of xXx Franchise

So lately I’ve watched movies without writing any reviews. My bad. Anyway the movie site is here.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage tells us the story of the return of Xander Cage (literally) from his fake death (I don’t remember his death on previous installment and my boyfriend didn’t help either, so I googled and found out that he faked his death on the DVD extension version. So don’t blame me for not seeing it). Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is picked up by CIA agent Marke (Toni Collette) to investigate the infiltration of CIA office and the stealing of the Pandora box by a mysterious group, led by Xiang (Donnie Yen). Cage then builds his own team: the sniper with outrageous green hair Adele (Ruby Rose), the freak collision addict Tennyson (Rory McCann) and useless (literally) DJ Nicks (Kris Wu). They find Xiang and his team: the oversexualized Serena (Deepika Padukone), martial artist Talon (Tony Jaa) and Hawk (Michael Bisping) on Phillipines and later find out that Xiang and his team are ex-XXX members who tries to stop the Pandora Box to drop the satellites into targeted location and create massive destruction.

4.5/10. So Xander Cage is back, xXx is back. Then what? For every actor that has acted on two or more different franchises, you must be able to differentiate the characters of the franchises. For me, I can differentiate Rocky and Rambo, Neo and John Wick, The Transporter and Lee Christmas, but not with Xander Cage and Dom Toretto. Xander Cage is kinda smiley for a special agent who is able to do anything, nothing is actually wrong with that, but sadly Dom Toretto is same kind character. I feel like Vin Diesel is getting trapped on a stereotype of character and it’s boring. 

The whole movie is boring too. The plot is predictable. The show off scenes where Cage is skateboarding through the cliff, stealing receiver from the tower just to let people watching football match, or riding a motorcycle that turns into a waterski, is just an impossible show off, and it doesn’t make sense with the whole story. The only interesting scene is when Cage, Serena and Xiang hand over the hand grenade to one another in order not to let it explodes. The rest, I think I can sleep through it. Donnie Yen is being Donnie Yen. No more or less. I love how cool they create Ruby Rose’s Adele, but HATE the oversexualized Deepika Padukone’s Serena. I love the craziness of Rory McCann’s Tennyson (out of his nearly expressionless Sandor Clegane of Game of Thrones), but questioning what the importance of Kris Wu’s Nicks for the team.

So, watch it or not? Yes, if and only if, you have to wait for your friend for about two hours and cannot find any other better movie to watch.

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