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xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)



Critic Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.

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The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang 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. Packed with the series' signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, "xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE" will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

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Vin Diesel
as Xander Cage
Tony Jaa
as Talon
Toni Collette
as Jane Marke
Samuel L. Jackson
as Augustus Gibbons
Al Sapienza
as CIA Director
Rory McCann
as Tennyson Torch
Tony Gonzalez
as Paul Donovan
Nigel Bennett
as M16 Control
Terry Chen
as Chinese Politico
Daniel Kash
as Russian Spymaster
Kris Wu
as Nicks
Nicky Jam
as Lazarus
as Neymar
Charles Carroll
as Friendly Man
Héctor Aníbal
as Swat Captain
Bailey King
as Ainsley's Girls
Helena-Alexis Seymour
as Ainsley's Girl
Pilar Cruz
as Ainsley's Girl
Megan Soo
as Ainsley's Girl
Kristen Kurnik
as Ainsley's Girl
Courtney Friel
as Newscaster
Rochelle Harrison
as Choir Member
Wayne Ambrose
as Choir Member
Everald Bernard
as Choir Member
Douglas Fidel Muir
as Choir Member
Ermine Gittens
as Choir Member
Wayne Macdonald
as Choir Member
Rebecca Leung
as Island Bartender
Ken Tran
as Robber
Taylor Thaddeus
as Club Raver
Nick Grimes
as Bouncer
Kip Brown
as Bouncer
Betty Zhou
as Club Announcer
Julie Abcede
as Catwalk Partiers
Jenny Itwaru
as Catwalk Partiers
Josh Pagcaliwangan
as Catwalk Partiers
Boris Brown
as Catwalk Partiers
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Critic Reviews for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (23)

This is only slightly less dumb and nonsensical than the previous films, but it teems with thrilling action sequences and rollicking stunt work from the middle-aged Diesel and martial artist Donnie Yen.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even in the weak signal that is the January movie season, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage hardly registers.

January 24, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

If it doesn't slap a big silly smile on your face, you may want to check your pulse.

January 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The plot, with its multiple double-crosses and 'this group must somehow form a you-know-what' plot beats, could have been written on the back of a cocktail napkin.

January 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Toward the end, the action becomes repetitive and tiresome, but there are pleasures to be had. Diesel is a terrific action star, in that he can give a movie a lift just by being there. Collette embraces the cold-blooded extremes of her role.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A rollicking shot of adrenaline that's every bit as ludicrous as the word soup posing as its title.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for xXx: Return of Xander Cage


Would it be too harsh to say that Vin Diesel is this generation's Steven Seagal? Take his lack of talent and finesse compared to his cinematic rivals Craig, Cruise, Johnson, Reeves and arguably even Statham. It is a bar that is low even by crap standards, yet somehow he still manages to underwhelm as a generic Action-man. Much like Seagal, he pretty much only takes roles that demonstrate him to be inexplicably infallible and strategically superior to everyone except his surprisingly diverse group of wacky cohorts and his evil villain counterpart, who is in this instance Donnie Yen. Just so you don't immediately forget each character besides Xander, all of them get stylized PowerPoint slide introductions (a la "Suicide Squad"). The plot is the same as "Mission: Impossible 7" and "Jack Reacheround" but instead of Tom Cruise, you get a muscle-headed skateboarder. It's so XTREAM that I spilled my Surge. The dialogue is rife with edge-lord quips and bastardized cliches (i.e. "You're pissing up the wrong tree"), and the lines are delivered with the earnestness and charisma of high school thespians. "Triple X 3 = 9" certainly isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, especially if one approaches it as a comedy. But it's so unfocused and un-engaging that it's really not worth the watch.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

Xander Cage is the alternative universe to the very successful Fast and Furious franchise. If FF series is about cars, then XC is about bikes and water skis, based on the tried and tested formula of a bunch of multi-racial renegade do gooders/anti-heroes who are family, coming up against rogue institutional insiders. Again, leave your brain at the cinema door if you want to enjoy a full 2 hours of pure action adrenalin and eye candy.

Chrisanne Chin
Chrisanne Chin

Super Reviewer


The story is stupid and forgettable, but what it lacks in storytelling, it makes up for with some of the best action scenes I've ever seen in a movie, a talented cast (especially Vin Diesel) and a large amount of humor

Serge Elia
Serge Elia

Super Reviewer

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