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Action -Spies, xXx

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

Duration1h 47m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyThis is almost a franchise, so the story lifts off from the previous xXx outings.
DirectorD.J. Caruso
Writers/ScriptF.Scott Frazier based on characters by Rich Wilkes
StarringVin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Rubt Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Tony Jaa, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.2/10 by 90,479 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 45% by 150 reviewers. Review2view 3/10.

Elevator Pitch: A black box which can unseat satellites from orbit is captured by a group of eastern martial arts guys, so Xander Cage who has been living off the grid is recruited to recover it. He collects a group of oddballs with special skills as his crew and off they go. Cage goes to London where he finds that the robbers have migrated to the Philippines, so the team now led by CIA’s Jane Marke embark in a heavy duty aircraft so that they can infiltrate a disco party on one of the Philippine islands. Almost incidentally the robbers and Xander’s crew must combine forces to overcome some Russian soldiers, and finding that the black box is only a prototype and so they have to go to Detroit to get at the real one operated by a rogue CIA man. And then…no I’m too tired to go on.

Content: No actual nudity but on one occasion it is implied that sex is taking place and sometimes that sex has taken place, Xander apparently have satisfied the urges of a whole group of young women who are seen lying about in their undies. There are a lot of set pieces, with martial arts and machine guns. Xander standing about displaying his tattoos. The Chinese and Thai martial arts guys do their stuff. Deepika Padukone, a Bollywood star appears in what looks like S&M gear. Xander spends a lot of time in an aircraft from which CIA operations are controlled. There are car and motorbike chases and some sniper action.

A View: This was a bad film, made worse by the irritating presence of the over-muscled and overtattoed body of Vin Diesel. They had tried to cover all the bases by recruiting Chinese and other stars, to get a worldwide audience. Deepika Padukone is apparently the highest paid actor in the world. And as far as financial returns are concerned it seems to have worked, because it has made money. But you don’t have to watch it. Even most other Vin Diesel films are better. 

Here are some Vin Diesel films which I liked better: Riddick, Babylon AD and best of all Guardians of the Galaxy where he plays a tree.

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