By Jay Hunter – There’s not an awful lot to say about xXx as a franchise. After a property ending sequel starring Ice Cube, the series has found new life with the returning Vin Diesel for the first time since 2002. Which is in no small part thanks to the actors resurgence playing the popular Groot character in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The Return of Xander Cage is more of the same from the series, in a ridiculous yet enjoyable action romp.

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Seeing ridiculously named – and extreme athlete – government operative Xander Cage (Diesel) come out of exile, to embellish on a destructive trail with alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to uncover Pandora’s Box, a deadly and unstoppable weapon.

Naturally there’s a large amount of proto-2000 styled action here that made the first movie so enjoyable. Free fall shoot outs and plane crash action set-pieces move the absurd narrative along without a hitch. Martial arts fans will be excited to see the inclusion of the incredible Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak), although his performance is somewhat muted (think The Raid cast in Force Awakens). The whole affair comes across dated, yet enjoyable.

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