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Movie Review: xXx 3 – The Return of Xander Cage

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  • Action
  • D.J. Karuso
  • Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent
  • Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Ariadna Gutiérrez, Hermione Corfield
  • Times Media Films
  • DVD
  • DVD, Bluray
  • 2 months ago
Usually, when I watch a movie like xXx 3 – I don’t have any expectations. It’s the reason I get disappointed in the end most times anyway. Moving on, though, here are some of the cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Ice Cube and Tony Jaa. If you know these names, you know what kind of film we’re talking about here: Short-lived, fast paced, CG-intensive and chock-full of one-liners.
xXx 3 is The Expendables of the series. From the outset, you’ll get taken from one action set-piece to another. It begins with Xander Cage, set on a thrillseeking mission, progressing from climbing a massive radio tower, all the way onto a skateboard down a conveniently located hill. It’s all done in typical Vin Diesel fashion, with sparks flying everywhere and camera angles sweeping all over the place. Afterward, we’re pretty much pushed through action sequences tied together by a plot written by a 10-year old.
It’s a given the camera angles and action scenes were mostly borrowed from other movies: The Expendables, The Matrix Reloaded and Wanted. There were just as many explosions and vehicles flying around as with any Michael Bay movie. Look, I’m sure the cast worked tirelessly and had a blast, throwing themselves around like ragdolls their fitness shows. Every major actor looked slim and trim, and mobile as they should’ve been. The acrobatic Tony Jaa, spry Donnie Yen and beautiful Deepika Padukone are all great support for the amazingly physical Vin Diesel, even if they were all 2-dimensional characters. There was even one intense zero gravity set-piece in a plane, whose logistics were mind-boggling to dissassemble to say the least.
I would’ve forgiven xXx 3 if these ridiculous scenes had reasonable explanations for their sheer insanity, and predictably that there was none. The only question is, then, why you should even consider watching xXx 3? If you’re bored, and looking for a movie to zone out and kill time – this is the one. Once watched, you’ll forget it and move on. Still – it’s one to enjoy with our loved ones who want to think less about what they’re watching and only want your company.
The extras were pretty impressive here. D. J. Caruso’s feature wasn’t much to speak about, but the stunts were awe-inspiring. I can only imagine the work the actors put in to produce some of these sequences. I looked past the excess, and found some great work that went into the movie, even if every bit was far fetched.
In the end I can’t say I’d recommend keeping xXx 3 on DVD or Bluray, but as a watch to appreciate some of the awesome stunt work – and to tune out from less serious action films, it’s not that terrible. I’d still take Mission: Impossible over this franchise, though, and Ethan Hunt still has more class than Xander Cage ever did.
Usually, when I watch a movie like xXx 3 - I don't have any expectations. It's the reason I get disappointed in the end most times anyway. Moving on, though, here are some of the cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Ice Cube and Tony Jaa. If you know these names, you know what kind of film we're talking about here: Short-lived, fast paced, CG-intensive and chock-full of one-liners. xXx 3 is The Expendables of the series. From the outset, you'll get taken from one action set-piece to another. It begins with Xander Cage, set on a thrillseeking mission, progressing from climbing a massive radio tower, all the way onto a skateboard down a conveniently located hill. It's all done in typical Vin Diesel fashion, with sparks flying everywhere and camera angles sweeping all over the place. Afterward, we're pretty much pushed through action sequences tied together by a plot written by a 10-year old. It's a given the camera angles and action scenes were mostly borrowed from other movies: The Expendables, The Matrix Reloaded and Wanted. There were just as many explosions and vehicles flying around as with any Michael Bay movie. Look, I'm sure the cast worked tirelessly and had a blast, throwing themselves around like ragdolls their fitness shows. Every major actor looked slim and trim, and mobile as they should've been. The acrobatic Tony Jaa, spry Donnie Yen and beautiful Deepika Padukone are all great support for the amazingly physical Vin Diesel, even if they were all 2-dimensional characters. There was even one intense zero gravity set-piece in a plane, whose logistics were mind-boggling to dissassemble to say the least. I would've forgiven xXx 3 if these ridiculous scenes had reasonable explanations for their sheer insanity, and predictably that there was none. The only question is, then, why you should even consider watching xXx 3? If you're bored, and looking for a movie to zone out and kill time - this is the one. Once watched, you'll forget it and move on. Still - it's one to enjoy with our loved ones who want to think less about what they're watching and only want your company. The extras were pretty impressive here. D. J. Caruso's feature wasn't much to speak about, but the stunts were awe-inspiring. I can only imagine the work the actors put in to produce some of these sequences. I looked past the excess, and found some great work that went into the movie, even if every bit was far fetched. In the end I can't say I'd recommend keeping xXx 3 on DVD or Bluray, but as a watch to appreciate some of the awesome stunt work - and to tune out from less serious action films, it's not that terrible. I'd still take Mission: Impossible over this franchise, though, and Ethan Hunt still has more class than Xander Cage ever did. [taq_review]
Total (DVD Extra Features and Film Score Combined) - 5.8

5.8

xXx 3 is not a movie, instead a steady sequence of action set-pieces , all style over substance. The work put into it was mindblowing but the result wasn't great. As a short distraction, it isn't a bad choice but you'll forget about it 30 minutes after you're done.

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