XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE ****
ACTION. 110 MINUTES. 2017. 13LV. R129*
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.