After being considered dead, the extreme sports entertainer-cum-US agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) gets back into his boots once again to save the country. The xXx initiate is threatened when a device capable of destroying earth by dropping satellites like flies. Though not interested in getting back, considering its a National duty, Xander gets back in action and this time he's got a group of like minded folks with special talents that comes handy in his battle against Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his gang of ruthless mercenaries.
The cast looks spectacular with Vin Diesel, our very own Deepika Padukone, Hong Kong martial artist Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa from the Ong-Buk films, Kris Wu, the franchise's very own Samuel L Jackson, Ruby Rose from Orange Is The New Black and a surprising entry to cinema by world famous footballer Neymar.
As said above, Vin is back as the franchise saver and if it wasn't for him carrying the film on his shoulders, things would've been very different. He looks tailor made for the role and the action packed shots involving him look like a walk in the park for the action star. Donnie Yen steals the show with his acting prowess and instills the fear a villain commands.
The biggest reason we should watch this film is the fact that it marks the debut of Bollywood lass Deepika Padukone. And unlike other films where Asians are made a part of the cast only to advertise it more to sell the film in the Asian market, Deepika gets quite a weighty role in xXx. It would be an understatement to call her role significant which she plays with confidence and without a fake accent.
The story of this flick can be said as an one liner. As with the films in this franchise, the story is just a thread in which a film is weaved with jaw-dropping stunt sequences are knitted beautifully. Director D. J. Caruso has noted this well and stuck to what makes the franchise what it is. The film has its own set of flaws apart from a script that tries to hold water with a fishing net. The characters look lazy and the trash talking dialogues from the villains look artificial.
If you're a fan of mindless action sequences and don't mind the lack of compelling storytelling and thoughtful cinema, you're the target audience for this flick. Even though the plot is predictable and climax is something even a kid could figure out, there's enough star power and crowd-pleasing shots to make it a watchable action entertainer.
Overall, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage is yet another mindless action bonanza that doesn't try to act smart and caters to its limited audience as required.