XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage

*Hysterical Laughter*

Sorry guys, I keep trying to get my critical head on but… you’ll never guess what I’ve just seen… a sequel to XXX: State of the Union! You know, one of the worst received action adventure films of all time!

And even though this is basically a soft reboot- turning what was literally an attempt to rip the spy genre from the hands of a certain tuxedo wearing Brit into The Expendables  film that I always wanted.

I mean I did have to deactivate a few parts of my brain to fully enjoy this films madness, only a few mind, such as those responsible for, plot, logic, understanding the laws of physics, wanting actual characters rather than cartoon characters and the part that likes dialogue rather than exposition and one liners.

But once those bits had been safely removed and placed in a locked, sealed, bunker. I actually found a lot to like. Sly, forget making Expendables 4 with a 2018 release because xxx: Return of Xander Cage has done it.With style, panache, and with the full knowledge that if it slows down for even a second then it’s going to lose the audience who, if given a second might ask if guns really don’t ever need reloading or why XXX: State of the Union is still being regarded as Canon, or any other of a thousand little questions.

Oh and despite having several notable practical effects, the relatively low budget of 85 million dollars means that when they use CGI it is sadly, VERY VERY NOTICEABLE. But the film is so fast moving that you don’t have time to focus on this. Or anything else for that matter.

But I did find a hell of a lot to like, the ‘plot’ is your basic recover the McGuffin that’s the perfect kind of nonsense, I loved almost every single character (not all of whom seemed to have names)  with the sole exception on the ‘tech support’ character who seemed to have been told to act like an even more irritating version of Arrow’s Felicity Smoak. But aside from that this has got to be the biggest action film surprise since last years Mechanic: Resurrection. 

XXX: Return of Xander Cage is a sugar rush from beginning to end with no time to pause for breathe, the cast has good chemistry, a lot of the stunts work, a higher budget would have been nice but I walked out with a huge stupid smile on my face and a strong desire for a sequel.

My Score- See It

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