Diesel’s for­mu­laic ac­tioner lacks X-Factor

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The re­sult reeks of pan­der­ing to teenagers, and the brains trust be­hind the film not re­ally get­ting what makes Diesel's afore­men­tioned fran­chise tick – lon­grun­ning love for its char­ac­ters pep­pered with gen­uinely spec­tac­u­lar ab­sur­dity.

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xXx: The Re­turn of Xan­der Cage (M) Directed by DJ Caruso Star­ring Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Toni Col­lette 107 mins from a Hong Kong ac­tion star – his skills prop­erly show­cased and ac­tu­ally al­lowed to act in more than a one-note role. Fu­ri­ous Fast& re­plac­ing a car ob­ses­sion with a gun fetish.

The re­sult reeks of pan­der­ing to teenagers, and the brains trust be­hind the film not re­ally get­ting what makes Diesel’s afore­men­tioned fran­chise tick – long-run­ning love for its char­ac­ters pep­pered with gen­uinely spec­tac­u­lar ab­sur­dity.

As this se­quel con­cludes, it even repli­cates re­cent Fast& Fu­ri­ous entries by teas­ing fu­ture char­ac­ters and de­vel­op­ments. Nei­ther of which will get me back to en­dure an­other se­quel. – Steve Ne­wall

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Vin Diesel’s lat­est ef­fort XXX: The Re­turn of Xan­der Cage feels like lit­tle more than an at­tempt to repli­cate the Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chise for gun fans.

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