Review: XXX – The Return of the Xander Cage

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XXX

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Duration: 107 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 13-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.25 on 5 (A Complete Let Down. Give it a SKIP)

Plot:
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.

Overall Review:
XXX: The Return of the Xander Cage is directed by DJ Caruso. It’s a spy action thriller, where the character “Xander Cage” called upon once again to retrieve a deadly weapon named “Pandora’s Box”. And the conspiracy surrounding this forms the crux of the story. There was a tremendous hype surrounding this movie since its announcement in Hollywood and Bollywood. But the film fails just few minutes in to it. You can take story and characters for but you can’t take audience for granted. There is nothing in xXx: Return of Xander Cage that you haven’t already seen and there is not even a fraction thrill. Director hardly manages to make the mission any interesting. The team uniting and their quest are weakly executed. The storytelling is pretty predictable after a few minutes. The problem is that there didn’t feel any kind of effort taken to make the characters engaging; they are just added into the movie for fillers. Director had full dependency on the action, if at all a little more focus on the screenplay would have made this one a solid commercial entertainer. Deepika Padukone, the hype which was surrounded her was humongous, but what you see in the trailer is all what you get to see in the film as well. That’s all the action she gets, there was no scope for performance. It was a waste of talent just for the sake of Hollywood. Unfortunately, XXX: The Return of the Xander Cage is a total let down.

PDF Verdict:
The movie doesn’t stand true in any movie department, neither in script, direction nor in action. The story lacks plot line, character development and execution. It’s a completely avoidable film.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.25 on 5 (A Complete Let Down. Give it a SKIP)
Performance: 2 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
CGI: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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