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Review: xXx Return of Xander Cage

Another X Movie? Bring your popcorn.
12 years after the 2nd installment, xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the third film that brings the xXx series back to the big screen. After years of making the world think he was dead, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) reappears after being confronted with a mission that will save the world from an unstoppable device called Pandora's Box.

This film started with Xander Cage caught in the middle of action and kept up the pace from there. I really enjoyed the action and fight scenes mixed with the occasional explosion that all add up to a cliche action film. While the genre didn't disappoint, the plot was somewhat of a let down as it was basically the cookie cutter recipe for an action movie.

Don't let that deter you from seeing it however because while the plot wasn't too interesting, the stunts and acting were. I was taken aback at how far the fight scenes have come since the first xXx movie. Several moves had me as well as the audience gasping and cheering as Xander Cage and his team fought various battles along the way to save the world from the bad guys.

Even if you haven't seen the previous two films, you won't be lost with the characters because for the most part they are all new, with a few originals making their return as well. Also there were several funny scenes that was a refreshing against all of the action. I also liked that they included a mini biography in the form of a pop-up on screen about each character which usually made 2 out 3 of their bullet points funny.

If you like movies about "guns, girls and looking dope while doing it" then this is the movie for you.

3 out of 5

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Ashley Ashley (Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi

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