Movie Review: xXx Return of Xander Cage

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STARRING: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Kris Wu, Nina Dubree and Ice Cube

DIRECTED BY: D.J. Caruso

RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017

 

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the continuation of the action-packed series xXx. xXx: Return of Xander Cage has increased the standards of action films by using outrageous stunts and incredible visual effects to capture the audience’s attention. Thus far the thriller has made over $40 million since its debut 3 weeks ago.

The movie begins when NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) travels to Brazil to recruit a new member into the program named Neymar Jr., (Neymar) but unfortunately the two meet an untimely demise when he and Neymar are killed.  Xiang (Donnie Yen), the seemingly antagonist in the film, gets past the protected CIA base camp to steal Pandora’s Box, a device which controls every military satellite in the world. CIA Agent Jane Marke (Toni Collette) locates Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) and persuades him to return to the organization and help recover Pandora’s Box because Gibbons would have wanted him to.

Xander uses Ainsley (Hermione Corfield) to help him track the assailants who stole the device to the Philippines. While there, Xander recruits Becky Clearidge (Nina Dobrev), a tech expert, to help him on the mission as well. Once they locate Xiang and his cohorts, Cage finds out that Xiang is also a part of the xXx organization established by Gibbons.

While there, Russian soldiers of fortune attack the island. Xiang figures out how to escape with Pandora’s Box but Xander sees him and follows his every move. Cage soon discovers that CIA Director Anderson (Al Sapienza) has procured Pandora’s Box and has diabolical plans for the device. Xander and Xiang’s groups race to find Anderson and locate him in Detroit, Michigan.

Cage faces Anderson, who confesses to setting up the satellite crash that murdered Gibbons. Anderson is then killed by Wolff (Ruby Rose). Marke then declares that the xXx program has been closed and shoots Xander to keep Pandora’s Box for herself. Xiang and Xander’s team confront Marke’s highly trained group of assassins with the help of previous xXx agent, Darius Stone (Ice Cube) which leads to a climatic and exciting conclusion to the movie.

xXx is an action packed film that continuously leaves you on the edge of your seat. The movie receives 8 stars out of 10 stars.

RaShunda Veals is a Sophomore Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Woodville, Mississippi. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2017-2018 school year.

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