xXx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

XXX 3 Poster★★

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

I really can’t tell if this film set out to purposefully poke fun at itself or not.  If it did then I have to give kudos to the writers at deciding to mix up the series by setting out to make something of a parody of the action genre.

If not then …. oops.

Everything about it from the ridiculous plot, the cringeworthy one-liners, the forced “romance” (read: two characters kiss with pretty much no build-up) and the bleached-blonde hair of Toni Collette whose dry delivery of her dialogue made it all even funnier screamed parody.  And seriously how many times does a character need to fake his own death.  Geez, talk about overusing a trope!

Things I did like: the first action sequence when we are reintroduced to Xander Cage in the back of beyond on South America and the fact that the supposed bad guys were actually all triple X agents.

Let’s just hope that there isn’t a fourth film in the works.

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