Full Disclosure: I love pretty much anything Vin Diesel does, which is because he is amazing. This weekend I finally got the opportunity to go see the next installment of the xXx series. I posted how this was one of the movies I was most excited for in 2017. I have to say this is one hell of a movie. Nothing about this movie disappointed. The only thing that I thought fell a little flat was some of the dialogue. Even that wasn’t bad enough to detract from the overall experience of the film.
First off the fight scenes were incredible. It was a solid mix of guns, hand to hand combat, and even motorcycles being used in close quarters fighting. In one of the first scenes we see Tony Jaa’s character, Talon, use a motorcycle to whip a guy in the face. It is simultaneously humorous and impressive. There is also an amazing fight scene towards the end featuring Ruby Rose and Deepika Pukone. They were back to back guns blazing, fighting off a military tactical unit. They looked so bad ass. It. Was. Incredible. Donnie Yen and Vin Diesel’s characters fight off another batch of military commandos on a plane. It might not sound that interesting, until you realize that the plane is in a free fall. They are essentially in zero G and there are only the two of them against a heavily armed military unit. The free fall does last a suspiciously long amount of time. As my friend Derek pointed out they would’ve had to have been in orbit to get that much zero G time and not crash.
You may have noticed that they were fighting the military several times. That’s because it turns out people in power are pretty much awful (feeling any parallels to the real world?). Toni Collette’s character is a high ranking government official, and is pretty much the face of the bad guys. The plot was interesting enough to carry me over in between the action scenes. Without getting too deep into it, the XXX program was created by the government, but is now fighting the government. They introduced several new XXX agents who were every bit as talented as Vin Diesel, and who I really hope show up in the next movies. I especially loved Ruby Rose’s, sharp shooter character and Deepika Pukone’s, general badass/leader character. There is a moment at the beginning of the movie where Pukone’s character is arguing with Yen’s character and they were making chess metaphors. He says something to the effect of “…I have my eye on the King.” She goes, “That’s just it. You forgot about the queen.” Then shoots a coconut right next to his ear. Chills.
I will say this about Vin Diesel action movies, all the women get to be badass. It doesn’t matter if they are villains or heroes. The women hold their own in fights every bit as much as the men do and let’s be honest look better doing it (Seriously what was going on with Vin’s wardrobe in this movie). Women are just as capable of toppling government regimes and rescuing someone as men are, and that is something Vin Diesel knows and portrays in his films. This might be why I like them. There is nothing better than a smart and capable woman who kicks some serious ass.
I would highly recommend you go see this movie. It is exciting and action packed from start to finish, which is good, because it doesn’t allow you to get too caught up in the sometimes stiff dialogue. Have any of you seen xXx: The Return of Xander Cage? Let me know in the comments.
While I was writing this I was also listening to my own version of the playlist from the movie. It is a little short because I could not find all the music on Spotify, oh and don’t mind the Ed Sheeran song at the bottom, I just really like that song.