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xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

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Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.



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Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) 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. Written by Ohad Gabay

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Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you're doing it. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of gunplay and violent action, and for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xander Returns  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,130,142 (USA) (20 January 2017)


$43,126,640 (USA) (10 February 2017)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, the film was going to be a direct sequel to the first film, ignoring xXx: State of the Union (2005). See more »


When Xander Cage's team first goes to the remote island, it is night. During the fight sequence, in the course of minutes, it becomes full daylight. See more »


[from trailer]
Jane Marke: We need someone who can move like them, fight like them. It's time to be a patriot.
Xander Cage: There are no more patriots. Just rebels and tyrants.
Jane Marke: So which are you?
Xander Cage: I'm XXX.
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Explosive Popcorn Flick with Diverse Cast and Lots of Laughs
28 January 2017 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Vin Diesel is back in his old shoes once again as Xander Cage in the second installment of xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The last time Diesel appeared in a xXx show was over a decade ago - way back in 2002. The main question that is playing on everyone's minds since the trailer release: Can this new movie surpass the original?

Xander Cage is basically a copy of Dominic Toretto. They are both adrenaline addicted thrill seekers who are recruited by the government to hunt down dangerous weapons stolen by a group of bad guys. Cage is enlisted by a ruthless official agent (Toni Colette) to retrieve Pandora's box, a mysterious device that is responsible for knocking satellites out of skies into populated areas, causing serious deaths and destructions. A huge assignment like this certainly cannot be achieved with a one-man show. Cage seeks out his old friends and forms his eccentric team: Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose), the crazy lesbian sniper, Tennyson Torch (Rory McCann), the outrageous driver and Nicks (Kris Wu), the cool music DJ. Although the crew is made up of different interesting pieces, they lack the personality and family bond as explored by Furious films. Action takes up most of the screen time, leaving little to no time for characters to develop. The stunts in this movie are over-the top and borderline insane; another similarity with the Furious series. Leaping across rooftops? Check. Dropping from the sky (sans parachute)? Check. Fighting in zero gravity? Check. My favourite scenes include Cage skiing down the hills of the jungle. You read that right. Skiing. Also, the motorcycle chase scene with Xiang takes a turn all of a sudden to a boat chase by sprouting jet skis. I whistled internally; it is impressive! In addition, the hot potato game with a grenade between Cage, Xiang and Serena is ridiculous but is definitely one of the most memorable scenes. Despite the solid action and fun, this movie still comes off weak with its predictable plot, underdeveloped characters, corny dialogues and dull acting. Vin Diesel is…Vin Diesel. He pulls of the action man persona with a pass, though this time around he smiles a lot because Cage is supposedly a cheeky character. Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev and Toni Colette played their roles to perfection. Donnie Yen's fights (especially his lightning fast iron fists) are magnificent as always, but his acting is stiff. Deepika Podukone, who plays his partner, did a decent job. She also lacked chemistry with Diesel's character so the final scene came off as slightly awkward.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is a movie that has no intention to be taken seriously. The film tries too hard to appear lighthearted with cheesy one-liners thrown out by almost every character, which gets overbearing as the show drags on. There are also funny cameos by Ice Cube (Darius Stone, xXx: State of the Union) and Neymar Jr, the hot, up-and- coming Brazilian footballer. This is the perfect movie for audiences who likes mindless shoot/beat-em-up. Action stunts of every pattern dominate the scenes, and the plot is cliché and overdone like most modern action movies. All in all, this film is a good comic and stress relief, but ultimately, nothing special worth remembering.

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