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At the beginning of his career, Vin Diesel refused to star in any sequels. He has now moved away from that, which can already be seen in the many «Fast & Furious» films. But because he really didn’t feel like doing sequels in the meantime, after » xXx — Triple X » (2002) in 2005, Ice Cube slipped into the title role in the sequel » xXx 2 — The Next Level «.
However, as the title suggests, xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage has Vin Diesel back — and after a solid first part and a pretty lousy second part , xXx 3 is, in our opinion, the best part of the become a row. If you want to see it for yourself, you can now subscribe to Amazon Prime Video at no additional cost:
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«xXx 3» begins with a bang: Eugene Gibbons ( Samuel L. Jackson ), already known from parts 1 and 2, wants to recruit football superstar Neymar (!) for his extreme sports agent program. The football star declines with thanks, but in passing he kicks an armed robber in the head with a napkin holder (!!), only to be wiped out shortly thereafter, along with the gibbons, by a falling satellite (!!!).
The FILMSTARTS review of «xXx 3»
«And the best thing about it: The rest of ‘xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage’ keeps what this grandiose Gaga start promises!», writes FILMSTARTS editor-in-chief Christoph Petersen in his review of the film, in which he scores a good 3.5 out of 5 stars. The short but concise conclusion: «Wow, that’s gaga! Wow, that makes you happy!”
The plot of «xXx 3»
After the start described above, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel), who actually already left the xXx program, has to save the world again. Gibbons’ successor Jane Marke ( Toni Collette ) needs someone who can secure the so-called «Pandora’s box», a small box with which one can make satellites fall to earth.
To do this, Cage recruits a team consisting of driver Tennyson Torch ( Rory McCann ), sniper Adele Wolff ( Ruby Rose ), DJ Nicks ( Kris Wu ), and weapons specialist Becky ( Nina Dobrev ). Together they hunt down the renegade xXx agent Xiang ( Donnie Yen ) and his comrades-in-arms Serena ( Deepika Padukone ), Talon ( Tony Jaa ) and Hawk ( Michael Bisping ), who stole the rifle…