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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.


D.J. Caruso


Rich Wilkes (based on characters created by), F. Scott Frazier
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Film critic Anupama Chopra talks to Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone about xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the latest installment in the slick action franchise, during their visit to India in this episode of "FaceTime".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Xander Cage
Donnie Yen ... Xiang
Deepika Padukone ... Serena Unger
Kris Wu ... Nicks
Ruby Rose ... Adele Wolff
Tony Jaa ... Talon
Nina Dobrev ... Becky Clearidge
Rory McCann ... Tennyson Torch
Toni Collette ... Jane Marke
Samuel L. Jackson ... Augustus Gibbons
Ice Cube ... Darius Stone
Hermione Corfield ... Ainsley
Tony Gonzalez ... Paul Donovan
Michael Bisping ... Hawk
Al Sapienza ... CIA Director


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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China | Canada | USA

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Xander Returns See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,130,142, 22 January 2017

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Nina Dobrev, a genuine thrill seeker by her own admission, was so displeased to see that her character in this film was going to be just some "tech geek", that she kept asking Director D.J. Caruso to give her some kind of an action scene until he gave in and added a part where she gets to use a gun. However, because this hadn't been the plan, she became the only cast member in an action scene to not get any sort of gun training beforehand. See more »


When Becky Clearidge drops the machine gun during the warehouse action scene, it falls to the ground and starts firing in full auto. In order for this to happen, the trigger would need to be pressed or the gun fire control would had to break, which is very unlike to happen on such a small drop. In the early days of machine guns, they could fire once if dropped on the back of the receiver, but virtually all industrial quality machine guns made after WWII have a drop safety mechanism, this is certainly true for the MP-5K depicted in the movie. See more »


Xander Cage: [Upon seeing Darius Stone arrive in Xander's long-lost 1967 Pontiac GTO musclecar] That's a hell of a car!
Darius Stone: Yeah. Gibbons told me to keep an eye on it. He said I'd know why when I need to know why. Now I know why.
Xander Cage: It's exactly the way I left it.
Darius Stone: I took it on a date or two.
Xander Cage: [laughs, with a wink]
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Featured in Opening Pandora's Box: On Location (2017) See more »


Take It to the Top
Written by Brian Tyler
Performed by Brian Tyler (as Madsonik)
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User Reviews

Once again the action sports hero is recruited to destroy a weapon known as Pandora's Box.
11 October 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Mediocre following about one army man incarnated by Vin Diesel and with guns, girls, global domination and intense action scenes . It is packed with action sports , thrills and guns that look like willies . Cage once again is recruited by the government on a special mission . While NSA Agent August Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson with a comedy scar) is missing , agent Jane Marke (Toni Collette) forces him to cooperate with the government along with a motley group . Betting Marke can succeed where other conventional agents have failed . Marke sends Cage to investigate and to foil some enemies who plan to plunge the free world into anarchy , as Xander using his natural abilities and a whole lot of position attempts to destroy the Pandora Box . He's helped by an expert team , an all-new outfit of thrill-seeking cohorts and taking on a dangerous band led Xan (Donnie Yen) . Cage must combat an intelligent organization and a powerful enemy far beyond his possibilities . Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you're doing it. There are no more patriots, just rebels and tyrants.

It's a standard actioner with no much sense where there is suspense, thriller, pursuits , action sports , struggles , explosions and minimum characterization. The film is plenty of macho man incarnated by Vin Diesel , a peculiar hero who often has problems with authority and full of tattoos , attitude , noggins cueball as well as muscles and giving an embarrassing acting .The picture contains fights, gun-play ,chases , firepower and frenetic pursuits with leaps as when a water-motorcycle runs afoul . Like James Bond's old action franchise , it has blow-up and gadgets and one-liners and sex with women who don't talk but kill . Jaw-dropping action set pieces , where Vin's head is superimposed in to things that look a bit like sky , water and snow in a series of death-defying stunts . It's tense and exciting at times , though also a routine unstopped action film , less than memorable . Decent support cast such as Toni Collette , Samuel L. Jackson , Donnie Yen ,Deepika Padukone ,Kris Wu , Tony Jaa , Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann , Al Sapienza , Hermione Corfield , Nigel Bennett and cameo by Ice Cube .

Colorful cinematography by Russell Carpenter and appropriate music adjusted to the action by Brian Tyler .The film is lavishly produced by the great producer of action genre Neal Moritz who has produced Prison break,Torque,Swat,Stealth,Skulls,Fast and furious I,II... The motion picture was regularly directed by D. J. Caruso . Heis a good craftsman whose films often have intense car crashes such as Disturbia (2007), and The Eagle eye (2008) , Taking lives (2004) and this XXX Return of Xander Cage .Rating : Average

The first entry was XXX (2000) by Rob Cohen with Vin Diesel , Marton Csokas , Asia Argento, Danny Trejo , Samuel L Jackson . Followed by xXx: State of the Union (2005) by Lee Tamahori with Ice Cube as Darius Stone , Willem Defoe , Scott Speedman and Samuel L Jackson . All of them lavishly produced by Neal Moritz . And announced XXX 4 by Director: D.J. Caruso , Writer: Rich Wilkes , Stars: Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Roy Wang

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