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From Om Shanti Om, to Cocktail, Tamasha, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Piku and Bajirao Mastani to name a few, Deepika Padukone has established herself as one of the finest actresses in Hindi films. With each new role she creates, audiences and critics love her and they can’t wait to see what she will bring to the big screen next.
Always up for a challenge and a chance to play something new, the actress is making her debut in Hollywood with her role in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. This full on thrilling action film, directed by DJ Caruso, stars Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Donny Yen, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette and Samuel Jackson releases worldwide today!
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- Stacey Yount
Vin Diesel resurrects extreme sports secret agent Xander Cage for this belated third entry in the xXx franchise, 12 years after Ice Cube last carried the torch for counter-culture covert operatives. Boasting a large international ensemble and a globe-trotting espionage plot, the film hopes to align itself with Diesel’s Fast & Furious franchise, or at least its huge box office returns. The first challenge facing xXx: Return of Xander Cage is that its eponymous antihero is dead. In fact, every character worth their salt in the xXx franchise has been killed off at one point or another. So when Augustus Gibbons, Samuel L. Jackson’s scar-faced, Nick Fury-esque handler who runs the Nsa’s “Triple X” spy programme, is murdered (again) - immolated by a falling...
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Thomas Harris with a list of (some of the) dumb oh-so-dumb moments in xXx: Return of Xander Cage…
Neymar Jr., global football superstar, is asked to join the “Triple X” program by Samuel L. Jackson. Neymar Jr. halts a robbery by kicking a tissue holder at the head of the thief. He thinks he’s joining the Avengers. Wait, do The Avengers exist in this universe? Vin Diesel climbs a telephone pole in Brazil in order to steal a device then skis through the jungle. Strangers high five him and scream his name as if Robin Hood. He’s Robin Hood, he stole a satellite television box so poor Brazilians can watch football. The football match will ultimately result in Brazil losing 7-1 to Germany during the 2014 World Cup, held in Brazil. Wait, this film is set in 2014? They never mention this. Toni Collette looking like director D.J. Caruso has taken her hostage. »
- Gary Collinson
Xander Cage isn’t the only Triple X agent poised to make a comeback in this month’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Darius Stone, the former Us Navy Seal not seen since 2005’s woeful action sequel State of the Union, swings back just in time to save the day in this all-new TV spot for D.J. Caruso’s actioner.
Played once again by the inimitable Ice Cube, this is the first official confirmation that Darius Stone will feature in Return of Xander Cage, and we fully expect Samuel L. Jackson’s wise-cracking Agent Gibbons – the driving force behind the super-secret Triple X program – to be the one to unite the likeminded adrenaline junkies in the first place. Vin Diesel’s title lead will need all the help he can muster, too, now that a superweapon called Pandora’s Box – one capable of controlling all of America’s satellites while »
- Michael Briers
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