Flash Movie Review: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

THERE is always a can of mashed pumpkin I keep up on the shelf in my kitchen cabinet. You never know when the urge will come for some homemade pumpkin bread. It brings memories of comfort and home when my house gets filled with the aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon. The recipe I use was handed down to me: I keep the frail piece of paper it is written on in a plastic sleeve secured in a three ringed binder. I love the taste of pumpkin though I was never a big fan of its seeds; I think it is because those store bought ones were always covered in salt back when I was a kid. Ironically I was also never a huge fan of carved pumpkins sitting out for Halloween. After a couple of days they would start to smell or worse, were attacked by squirrels that would gnaw on them and leave a mess on one’s front porch. Except for that issue there is something about pumpkins that brings back memories of childhood, family and Thanksgiving to me.   LAST week while I was grocery shopping I came across a small section of shelves that were stocked with items priced for clearance. At first glance I noticed a majority of the items listed the words “pumpkin spice” on its packaging. Just to give you an idea let me tell you a few of the products that were on the shelves; there were car deodorants, breakfast cereals, cough syrups and coffee all flavored with pumpkin spice. I do not know about you but I found it weird to have so many random products all with the scent or taste of pumpkin spice. Are there that many people driving around with the inside of their vehicles smelling of pumpkin spice? I did not list all the items for you but I felt companies just let their marketing departments go amok and now they are all sitting up on shelves as clearance items; what a waste of time, energy and money. I felt the same way about this sequel.   XANDER Cage, played by Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious franchise, Babylon A.D.), was not dead; he was living a peaceful life until he was needed to help retrieve a secret hi-tech device that was stolen by Xiang, played by Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IP Man franchise). Whoever had possession of the powerful product could easily bring a country’s government down to its knees. This action thriller also starred Deepika Padukone (Happy New Year, Chennai Express) as Serena Unger, Toni Collette (Krampus, Miss You Already) as Jane Marke and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight, The Legend of Tarzan) as Augustus Gibbons. For the life of me I do not understand how a movie studio decides to bring back a character after all these years and produce a total mess of a picture. The script was awful to the point of almost being a total embarrassment. Sure the action scenes were well orchestrated but that is all this adventure film offered and that only goes so far. I could not tell the difference between Vin’s character here with the one he plays in the Fast & Furious movies. If you want to watch a mindless fast paced film then this would be the one; I suggest though you wait for it on clearance.

 

1 ½ stars    

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 24, 2017, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I have the first one on DVD and enjoy it. I had no interest in the second one, and this third entry doesn’t sound very good. I don’t know why Hollywood always thinks a film deserves a sequel, let alone a franchise. There are so many excellent books out there just begging to be filmed. Hollywood is just lazy–and incompetent, too! Not only do the producers rely heavily on remakes, reboots, reimaginings, and sequels, they don’t even do a particularly good job on these films despite the hefty production price tag.

    • Agreed wholeheartedly! I have said for some time now that Hollywood should be on a moratorium for maybe 5 years until some really good scripts can be written! Very few movies are good these days and can we have people act instead of a crap load of CGI everywhere?!

    • You are so right; with all the great books out there you would think movie studios would jump at the chance to turn them into movies. Thank you for your comments.

  2. I saw the first one many years ago, not my cup of tea, but thanks for sharing your thoughts on the sequel. I just saw the founder, you know the movie about McDonald’s and it was good. Would love to hear your thoughts on a few of my stories Lardy Arms and rutjob, your thought would be wonderful. Queen Kong and I is also entertaining

  3. Didn’t mind the first one, the second one was stupid as all get out and how they managed this one eludes me but not surprised they did it. I’ll wait and watch it on tv. Some movies can have sequels, others can’t and/or shouldn’t. This is a shouldn’t. Cheers.

  4. Ha! A pointless pumpkin spice movie. I love it! This is not my type of movie anyway but I thought it looked lazy even from the trailer. I have never seen any of these previous movies (or any Fast and Furious movies for that matter) and I won’t be starting any time soon.

  5. The first one was fun, but that was it … Vin is one of those actors who just plays himself with a different wardrobe, sometimes … and that’s OK, in small doses, but not this dose. 😀

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