xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

Despite 12 years between movies, Xander Cage being supposedly killed off and mixed reviews, this movie film grossed over $346 million worldwide on an $85 million budget, making it the highest-grossing film of the entire franchise.

One of the reasons why this movie did so well is because it has an international cast, like Donnie Yen (Ip-Man) as Xiang, a rival xXx agent; Indian actress Deepika Padukone; Kris Wu, who was in the Chinese/South Korean boy band EXO, Australian actress Ruby Rose; Tony Jaa (Ong Bak), Canadian actress Nina Dobrev; British actor Rory McCann; British actress Hermione Corfield; American football player Tony Gonzales and British MMA star Michael Bisping. Ice Cube also shows in at the end in a cameo as Darius Stone from the second film.

This one starts off with Augustus Gibbons (Samuel Jackson) and a Jason Bourne-like character being killed by a falling satellite and doesn’t ever let up, with such insanity as fighting a government base to give the people cable and racing motorcycles across giant waves. Yes, this is a movie that has absolutely no interest in reality and exists only to entertain you.

Jaa and Yen are two of the best martial arts-based actors in the world, so this movie features plenty of fights, as you’d hope. Sadly, Jet Li dropped out of the picture, but that may have been too much.

Of course they’re planning another xXx movie and I have no issue at all with this development.

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