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
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Written by Peter Radcliffe, Tony Sepe & Barry White (as Barry Eugene White)
Performed by Barry White
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WOW. I wasn't expecting this. I don't know if it was because of all the hate giving me low expectations, or if the movie was actually good, but I enjoyed it. OK, so the movie isn't great, and arguable not good, but I still enjoyed it. I mean, sure its over the top, but that's exactly what this movie was supposed to be.
The actors are what sold this movie to me. Vin Diesel plays an over the top in his 50s teenage skater/ adrenaline junkie/womanizer/man-child really well and gives the movie the self awareness that makes it worth watching. I haven't seen any of the other xxx movies, but Vin Diesel grew on me throughout the movie, he was actually great. Toni Collette and Nina Dobrev also had stand out performances in this. I liked Toni Collette's performance a lot, she plays the cliché overblown shady, uptight government agent very well. Nina Dobrev is hilarious, one of her best scenes came from her mannerisms when she uses a machine gun for the first time, I loved her in it. Again, they were all over the top, but done so beautifully. I love how much Toni Collette and Tony Gonzalez make Xander seem so out of place, Tony especially plays it straight and the contrast between them should make it clear this movie knows its ridiculous.
To be honest I didn't like Donnie yen in the opening sequence, or the opening sequence in general for that matter. Don't get me wrong he was the best part of it, but I still didn't like it. The action in the opening sequence always involved sliding across a surface. I mean it gets out of hand. apparently if you're sliding or doing flips bullets don't affect you. There is just so much sliding in that part, that if there wasn't an overachieving janitor there the night before this entire heist would have failed. I wouldn't have minded the sliding and stuff, but the action here just wasn't enticing. I could almost see people just waiting to have their guns taken when Yen was ready to take it from them.
Passed that Donnie Yen gets some excellent action scenes, two of which stood out to me most. One was in the plane at the end where he's just taking out soldier after soldier hand to hand, I don't think anyone else could of done this so well, and he's pretty funny in between action. The other scene was the fight in the middle of traffic, I'm almost ashamed to say how much I liked this scene. It was nerve wracking and anxiety inducing to me, which is a complement.
Out of the other supporting cast Deepika Padukone is alright, she has a jaws tattoo sharing scene with Vin Diesel thats fairly forgettable if it hadn't reminded me a movie thats actually well directed. Rory McCann reminded me a lot of a lesser version of captain boomerang from suicide squad. Ruby Rose I didn't like that much at the beginning, I felt like some of her jokes and lines fell flat, besides that she was OK later on.
Ice cube had a wasted cameo, it was completely unnecessary. He just comes in and blows stuff up and doesn't do much else. It seemed like he couldn't be scheduled to be on set at the same time with everyone else so they made him shoot a gun from far away for about a minute. I would've liked to see an actual action scene with him, or something cool, he just kind of halts the action with explosions in a surprisingly disappointing way.
No comments on the plot, I don't know who the guy at the end was, or why he wanted the satellite control thing. I don't know why the main cast go from fighting each other to working together to fighting each other to random water ski motorcycle chase out of no where. Also some action scenes at the beginning were not fun, I didn't like the high jump, forest skiing road skate boarding at the start either. I felt like they were not shot well. On the other side of things, My favorite moment was at the end when Vin Diesel says "I live for this s***" and runs off the plane, that was the scene that sold his adrenaline junkie nature in natural and epic way. Other than that there are some fun moments, lots of women in bikinis, and basically a movie you should turn your brain off for. 6/10 (being a little generous here, looking back, the movie is pretty uneven).
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