xXx: Return of Xander Cage


xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Overview:

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Votes 1421 (5.5/10)

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Date 2017-01-13

Budget: $85,000,000.00

Revenue: $346,147,658.00

Website: Link

Tagline: There are no more patriots, just rebels and tyrants.

Production company:

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Revolution Studios
  • One Race Films
  • Rox Productions
  • Maple Cage Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Crime

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Further Information

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Vin Diesel
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Darius Stone
Ice Cube
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Agent Augustus Gibbons
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Jane Marke
Toni Collette
Toni Collette
Adele Wolff
Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose
Serena Unger
Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone
Nicks
Kris Wu
Kris Wu
Xiang
Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
Talon
Tony Jaa
Tony Jaa
Rebecca 'Becky' Clearidge
Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev
Tennyson Torch
Rory McCann
Rory McCann
Ainsley
Hermione Corfield
Hermione Corfield
Paul Donovan
Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez
Hawk
Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping
Lola
Ariadna Gutiérrez
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Red Erik
Andrey Ivchenko
Andrey Ivchenko
Jonas
Shawn Roberts
Shawn Roberts
Lazarus
Nicky Jam
Nicky Jam
CIA Director
Al Sapienza
Al Sapienza
Ainsley's Girl
Helena-Alexis Seymour
Helena-Alexis Seymour
Ainsley's Girl
Megan Soo
Megan Soo
Ainsley's Girls
Kristen Kurnik
Kristen Kurnik
Ainsley's Girls
Bailey Rose King
Bailey Rose King
Ainsley's Girls
Pilar Cruz
Pilar Cruz
Friendly Man
Charles Carroll
Charles Carroll
Swat Captain
Héctor Aníbal
Héctor Aníbal
Minister
Curtis Fletcher
Curtis Fletcher
Chinese Politico
Terry Chen
Terry Chen
Catwalk Partiers
Jenny Itwaru
Jenny Itwaru
Catwalk Partiers
Julie Abcede
Julie Abcede
Catwalk Partiers
Josh Pagcaliwangan
Josh Pagcaliwangan
Himself
Nyjah Huston
Nyjah Huston
Himself
Neymar Jr
Neymar Jr
Herself
Roberta Mancino
Roberta Mancino
Herself
Nina Buitrago
Nina Buitrago
Herself
Dani Lightningbolt
Dani Lightningbolt
Newscaster
Courtney Friel
Courtney Friel
Director
D.J. Caruso
D.J. Caruso
Characters
Rich Wilkes
Rich Wilkes
Producer
Neal H. Moritz
Neal H. Moritz
Producer
Jeff Kirschenbaum
Jeff Kirschenbaum
Producer
Joe Roth
Joe Roth
Producer
Samantha Vincent
Samantha Vincent
Producer
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
Director of Photography
Russell Carpenter
Russell Carpenter
Writer
F. Scott Frazier
F. Scott Frazier
Executive Producer
Gloria S. Borders
Gloria S. Borders
Executive Producer
Scott Hemming
Scott Hemming
Costume Design
Kimberly A. Tillman
Kimberly A. Tillman
Unit Production Manager
Lyn Lucibello
Lyn Lucibello
Production Supervisor
Karen Jarnecke
Karen Jarnecke
Animation Supervisor
David Crispino
David Crispino
Animation
Denis Dvoryankin
Denis Dvoryankin
Animation
Shane Richards
Shane Richards
Casting
Miguel Fernandez
Miguel Fernandez
Casting
Anne McCarthy
Anne McCarthy
Casting
Edna Lerebours
Edna Lerebours
Casting Associate
Morgan Robbins
Morgan Robbins
ADR Voice Casting
Mark Sussman
Mark Sussman
ADR Voice Casting
Patty Majorczak-Connolly
Patty Majorczak-Connolly
Script Supervisor
Daniela Saioni
Daniela Saioni
Script Supervisor
Shane B. Scott
Shane B. Scott
Armorer
Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor
Music Editor
Kyle Clausen
Kyle Clausen
Music Editor
Matthew Llewellyn
Matthew Llewellyn
Music Editor
Kevin McKeever
Kevin McKeever
Assistant Costume Designer
Renee Fontana
Renee Fontana
Costume Supervisor
Alex Kavanagh
Alex Kavanagh
Costume Supervisor
Vicente Parada
Vicente Parada
Costume Coordinator
Karen Lee
Karen Lee
Costume Illustrator
Greg Hopwood
Greg Hopwood
Key Costumer
Wayne Godfrey
Wayne Godfrey
Key Costumer
Cindy Rosenthal
Cindy Rosenthal
Key Costumer
Janice Skinner
Janice Skinner
Camera Operator
Michael Carella
Michael Carella
Camera Operator
Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson
Camera Operator
John Holosko
John Holosko
Camera Operator
Jason Vieira
Jason Vieira
Camera Operator
Keith Murphy
Keith Murphy
Drone Operator
Tom Comet
Tom Comet
Steadicam Operator
Angelo Colavecchia
Angelo Colavecchia
Still Photographer
Michael Gibson
Michael Gibson
Still Photographer
Justin M. Lubin
Justin M. Lubin
Gaffer
Michael Galbraith
Michael Galbraith
Second Unit Director of Photography
David Emmerichs
David Emmerichs
Underwater Camera
Robert Settlemire
Robert Settlemire
Underwater Director of Photography
Peter Zuccarini
Peter Zuccarini
Rigging Gaffer
Byrd Dickens
Byrd Dickens
Dolly Grip
Patrick Krauter
Patrick Krauter
Key Grip
Richard Emerson
Richard Emerson
Lighting Technician
Samuel Kosub
Samuel Kosub
Music
Robert Lydecker
Robert Lydecker
Music
Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler
Hair Department Head
Vincent Sullivan
Vincent Sullivan
Key Hair Stylist
Carol Hartwick
Carol Hartwick
Makeup Department Head
Alastair Muir
Alastair Muir
Makeup Department Head
Allan A. Apone
Allan A. Apone
Makeup Artist
Ashley Rocha
Ashley Rocha
Makeup Artist
Debra Denson
Debra Denson
Makeup Artist
Roxy D'Alonzo
Roxy D'Alonzo
Makeup Designer
Jo-Ann MacNeil
Jo-Ann MacNeil
Prosthetic Supervisor
Steve Newburn
Steve Newburn
Tattoo Designer
Sean Sansom
Sean Sansom
CG Supervisor
Trey Harrell
Trey Harrell
Visual Effects Coordinator
Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
Visual Effects Coordinator
Nick Bernardi
Nick Bernardi
Visual Effects Coordinator
Amanda H. Campbell
Amanda H. Campbell
Visual Effects Coordinator
Annelie Dangel
Annelie Dangel
Visual Effects Coordinator
Danielle Davis
Danielle Davis
Visual Effects Coordinator
Chelsea Mirus
Chelsea Mirus
Visual Effects Coordinator
Sina Sultani
Sina Sultani
Visual Effects Coordinator
Adam Pere
Adam Pere
Visual Effects Coordinator
Joyce Au
Joyce Au
Visual Effects Producer
Cecilia Marin
Cecilia Marin
Visual Effects Producer
Thomas Nittmann
Thomas Nittmann
Visual Effects Producer
Luke Groves
Luke Groves
Visual Effects Producer
Ian Cope
Ian Cope
Visual Effects Supervisor
Björn Mayer
Björn Mayer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jasen Nannini
Jasen Nannini
Visual Effects Supervisor
Eric Robinson
Eric Robinson
Visual Effects Supervisor
Loeng Wong-Savun
Loeng Wong-Savun
Special Effects Supervisor
Marc Banich
Marc Banich
Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Chesney
Peter Chesney
Special Effects Coordinator
Adam Heinis
Adam Heinis
Special Effects Coordinator
Laird McMurray
Laird McMurray
Special Effects Coordinator
Lluís Rivera
Lluís Rivera
Dialogue Editor
Daniel Saxlid
Daniel Saxlid
Dialogue Editor
John C. Stuver
John C. Stuver
Foley
John T. Cucci
John T. Cucci
Foley
Dan O'Connell
Dan O'Connell
Foley Editor
D. Chris Smith
D. Chris Smith
Sound Designer
Ann Scibelli
Ann Scibelli
Sound Designer
Peter Staubli
Peter Staubli
Sound Designer
David Werntz
David Werntz
Sound Effects Editor
Jessie Pariseau
Jessie Pariseau
Sound Effects Editor
D. Chris Smith
D. Chris Smith
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ron Bartlett
Ron Bartlett
Digital Intermediate
Elizabeth Hitt
Elizabeth Hitt
Digital Intermediate
Joe Ken
Joe Ken
First Assistant Editor
Jennifer Stellema
Jennifer Stellema
Aerial Camera
Zack Haskell
Zack Haskell

Frank Ochieng

Words cannot express how incredibly overwrought, insipid, hyperactive and foolishly exaggerated the third entry into the action-packed _XXX_ film franchise is in the nonsensical and numbing operative spectacle **XXX: Return of Xander Cage**. Monosyllabic muscle-bound action star Vin Diesel revisits the rollicking and roguish skin of athletic spy/sports enthusiast Xander Cage in yet another splashy yet sophomoric throbbing thrill-ride that only diehard Diesel fanboys will swallow with unapologetic fervor. When in doubt Diesel knows where his bread is buttered in terms of his secured box office appeal. The pumped-up performer has initiated the hoopla with a couple of popular action flicks in the past only to leave them briefly before deciding to return front and center. Diesel has done this tactic with the inexplicably desired _The Fast and the Furious_ movie series as well as the aforementioned _XXX_ offerings (actor/singers Tyrese Gibson and Ice Cube inherited the big screen honors in replacing the absent Diesel in these energized ditties respectively). Now Diesel is called into service once again to capitalize on the extreme spy genre while satisfying those thrill-seekers whose thirst for the James Bond and Jason Bourne action-grabbers may be perceived as relentlessly mild as the acrobatic antics of the hip Bald Bold One looks to overshadow his competitors in daunting dumbness. Bottom line: who the heck was cramming for the ridiculous return of the attention-getting Xander Cage other than the motivated machismo of star/co-producer Diesel strutting his all-too-familiar slick shtick in an empty-minded vanity project that is jumpier than a kangaroo with the hiccups? There is nothing like playing to the convoluted escapism and exploiting the loyal demographics that continue to get a charge out of Diesel’s boisterous brand from the _Fast and Furious_ enterprise that still sizzles for some and fizzles for others. Nevertheless, this espionage eyesore features Diesel’s Cage at his best…and that is not saying much. He is as smooth as ice soothing your ailing tonsils. Check. He is a chick magnet to the highest degree. Check again. He can turn his biceps and brawn into an invaluable weapon for the safety of his country and comrades. Double check and then some. Overall, we get it…Xander Cage is a badass without boundaries and daredevil Diesel and his on-screen cohorts wants to reinforce such titillating tripe. Go figure. Granted that **XXX: Return of Xander Cage’s** sole purpose is to play into the pulsating popcorn pleasure of its audience while expecting one not to take the excitable escapades too seriously. Still, the tired formula for this particular genre in general (not to mention a Vin Diesel-starring vehicle) feels utterly uninspired and recycled despite the ambitious showcasing of active triggers that include high-wire skiing through the woods, dirt bike surfing, daring skateboarding prowess while clinging to the side of a moving bus and oh yeah…a lot of colorful butt-kicking tactics to boot. The highly stylized lifestyle of the free-wheeling Cage is by-the-numbers hedonism–cause havoc, conquer the lovely ladies hormonal for his suave affections and come off looking cool this side of 70’s knockoff bad motherf&%$# private eye John Shaft in taking care of business. Great spy work if you can conjure it up for indiscriminate action junkies wanting to engage in this souped-up silliness without rhyme or reason. For those not quite familiar with the Xander Cage “mythology” he was an extreme sports talent that had been recruited by NSA head honcho Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to utilize his competitive skills and abilities undercover. Now Cage is back in the saddle as he horses around on yet another challenging assignment that finds him butting heads with a trio of baddies in Deepika Padukone’s Serena, Donnie Yen’s Xiang and Tony Jaa’s Talon–a threatening threesome experimenting with dangerously rigging outer space satellites or something to that trivial effect. Of course the crafty Cage–beyond wily and reckless–is often reigned in by the likes of his superiors including Agent Jane Marke (Oscar and Emmy nominated Australian actress Toni Collette needlessly toiling away in this toothless contraption of a spy thriller). Director D.J. Caruso (2016’s “The Disappointments Room”) merely goes through the motions with this disjointed spy caper that flexes its moronic muscles without offering much else to the preposterous proceedings. The displayed dialogue in a Lucky Charms cereal commercial has more credibility than the words leaving the lips of the featured players in this woefully generic actioner. Diesel, who has shown some promise as an actor in previous critical fare from yesteryear such as 2000’s _Boiler Room_ and 2006’s _Find Me Guilty_ has since played it safe and relied on the frivolous “sure thing” with the repetitive Furious installments and other fluffy movie projects that had diminished his potential in Hollywood beyond the brainless blow-em-up cinema that he finds automatic comfort in churning out as a cinematic safety net. Although they say that a single “X” usually marks the spot it takes triple X’s to disprove this theory when welcoming back the chaotic coolness that is Diesel’s detached dude in cocky-minded Xander Cage–the sensationalized showboat that should have left his debuted one-dimensional adventurous tendencies back in 2002. **XXX: Return of Xander Cage** (2017) (c) **Frank Ochieng** (2017)

DanDare

Just as Vin Diesel bailed out of the first The Fast and the Furious Sequel, he did the same for the sequel to xXx. However after some years Diesel is back as extreme sports star turned spy Xander Cage in this daft but slightly entertaining film which has an incomprehensible plot, a smug star and even some dodgy CGI here and there. The plot is some bad guys want the Pandora Box which can control spy satellites and it is Cage and his team's mission to retrieve it. However we just know everyone around is just treacherous so they should all watch their backs.

Per Gunnar Jonsson

I must confess that I did have higher hopes for this movie. I’m not sure what the script writers was up to when writing it but they really seem to have a very low opinion of the audience’s intelligence. Either that or it was written for a very young audience. There were parts of the movie that was quite fun to watch but on the whole it was pretty much a mess. It is a shame because it had quite a bit of promise. The core of the plot was not too bad although I really wish that Hollywood writers would stay away from plots involving computer gadgetry. Their knowledge in that area simply stinks. Thus the gadget that the entire movie was spun around was simply stupid. Unfortunately another core plot element was the crooked CIA (or whatever department it was supposed to be) boss that of course had to do some senseless backstabbing just to prolong the movie. Tiresome, overused and boring. I know, I know with fucktards like Comey I guess one could say that it would not be too far from the truth but it is still tiresome, overused and boring. Since I am on a rant anyway let’s go on to the various stunts and special effects. It is a long time since I watched a movie where the stunts were so obviously and totally overdone and unrealistic. I mean, they were unrealistic to the point where I started to wander if it was a slapstick comedy I was watching. All of this really dragged down the movie … a lot! On the good side. I did like many of the wacky characters. It is a shame that many of their wacky moments were less of a comic relief due to the above mentioned silliness but instead felt like the more serious moments in the movie. Vin Diesel, well I watched this movie because I am a Vin Diesel fan so of course I liked him. He is his usual badass and kick ass self. He is also surrounded by a bunch of badass (and wacky as I mentioned before) characters. I quite liked the ensemble. The guy who seems to collect crashes is rather silly but fun in a strange way. I did like the gun girl a lot. However, apart from quite a few fun and/or cool scenes the movie as a whole did not cut it. In my opinion it was ruined by a substandard script devoid of any form of intelligence. I would go as far as to say that the writers were incompetent pure and simple. I was almost giving it three stars because there was many parts I liked but in the end … no, there is no way I could justify more than two stars for this mess. Really a shame. I would have liked to see more xXx movies but after this one I’m not sure anyone will bet money on that.

Reno

**A new franchise is on making!** I was very happy when I heard about a sequel is on the development of Vin Diesel's one of the career early films. I was a teenager, and I remember celebrating it in the theatre with my friends. But, like the T2, it was too late for a sequel. Most of other franchises are going for spin-offs in the similar case. Anyway, it was good to see the original character back in the action. Although not liked changing the title logo. The original is evergreen. Well, the story continued as the same gap between the first and this film. I thought the original concept was like solo action hero kind, but in here, it became a multi-starrer. Like most of the similar themed action film series, it tried to add variety of characters, including clichés like computer hackers and a boss to handle those rogue guys. But there were too many Triple Xes. The story was okay. It only wanted to make a comeback, like a re- introduction of everything. I liked the diversity in the film characters. The casting was from around the world, picking the best team like Donnie Yen from HK, Tony Jaa from Thailand. But I did not understand why Donnie was speaking in Mandarin, instead of Cantonese. From all I did not like Deepika. Yes, she's the real Indian beauty, but not a good actor, especially for actions, she's unsuitable. I would have preferred Priyanka in here. They two should have switched the films between this and 'Baywatch'. Jaa, I did think he had in him his witty character display. He was a completely different person in this. The rest of the guys were too not bad at all, particularly that stunt guy was awesome. When it comes to the action sequences, not some, many were totally impossible. Surely not the really performed stunts they were. Simply a special effects, and it was too much to take on. Because they were not realistically appealing to accept. Those include, non-snow mountain skiing, ocean wave bike surfing, you add it. The good news is, it was okay for watching once, but I'm anticipating the next part to be a game changer in the franchise. _5/10_

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