XXX: THE RE­TURN OF XAN­DER CAGE ****

AC­TION. 110 MIN­UTES. 2017. 13LV. R129*

DRUM - - Chill Out - – DEN­NIS CAVERNELIS

Imag­ine, if you will, a Fast and Fu­ri­ous movie star­ring Vin Diesel and a crew of di­verse butt-kick­ing side­kicks – but without the in­sane car stunts – and you’ll have the lat­est xXx movie.

It’s 12 years since xXx: State of the Union – the one with Ice Cube as an in­vin­ci­ble, ex­treme sports-lov­ing su­per­spy, who took the man­tle af­ter Vin’s char­ac­ter was “killed off”. Ex­cept Vin wasn’t dead – he’s been do­ing ex­treme sporty things since the orig­i­nal xXx in 2002. Now he’s back to save the world from very bad peo­ple who want to do very bad things, or some­thing like that.

The plot is mi­nor. What’s im­por­tant is that Vin and the cast seem to be hav­ing a ball – tongues jammed firmly in cheeks. The jokes are cheesy, the stunts are wildly ridicu­lous and it’s a great deal of fun.

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