Movie Review | “xXx Return of Xander Cage”

By Mica Wilhite

xander-cage“xXx Return of Xander Cage” is about “guns, girls, and global domination.” It is the third installment of the xXx film franchise originally staring Vin Diesel in 2002. He was killed in the 2005 sequel in order to compensate for his absence from the film. However, in 2006, he announced that he would return to the Xander Cage role which is best described as “James Bond meets ‘The Fast and Furious.’”

Vin Diesel says he always thought he would return to the character of Xander Cage. He likes that Xander Cage can both lie and tell jokes and sometimes does things strictly for the thrill. After 11 years, he says this was the right time to reboot this franchise because he really needed to “laugh again, smile again, and really, really enjoy himself.”

Most fans will agree that Diesel as Cage is likeable, has integrity, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. His daredevil stunts and extreme athlete heroics in this film deliver a genuinely fun cinematic experience that is not to be missed.

Samuel L. Jackson, whose movies have grossed more than $10 billion, returns as NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons for the third time and informs Xander that “every military satellite in the world has fallen in the hands of some very dangerous guys” and all Cage has to do is “kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope” while he’s doing it. Sounds easy enough, right?

“xXx Return of Xander Cage” (107 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for action, language and sexual material. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, go see the return of Xander Cage just for the extreme fun of it.

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