Vin Diesel Still Doesn’t Know What To Do With His Hands in New xXx: Return of Xander Cage Trailer

Time To Get xXxTreme (Again)

No one has simultaneously missed their time and completely capitalized on it quite like Vin Diesel. Poised to be the next big action star in the early aughts, he was quite the figure at the box office, but his franchises never quite took off as he planned. Well, his profile has seen something of an ironic resurgence, leading to some of his best work. So why not go back to the well with what was supposed to be be our generations James Bond, well, until we realized Matt Damon was really our Bond. xXx: Return of Xander Cage has Vin Diesel surrounded by action stars and situations he’s absolutely daring us not to find ridiculous. 

Now, i’ll admit, the xXx series was always supposed be silly. Xander Cage was a Gen X hero about ten years too late for the concept, and an action generation too soon to see the successes afforded to The Fast and Furious flicks. It was only a matter of time before the studios and Diesel decided to copy/paste the formula onto his other project. and the results are what you see here.

An over the top villain played by martial arts Demi-God, Donnie Yen, and a slew of fresh faces including new bae, Ruby Rose, who, like Donnie Yen is reeeeeally cashing in on their current popularity. Long overdue in the case of Yen. And all the damn near cartoonish action they couldn’t get away with in F&F lest the just drop the fast car fetish aspect altogether.

I’ve championed the F&F movies like many have because they eventually just “went for it” in terms of crazy action stuffs. xXx always came off a little too self aware, thus taking the wind out of its own sails. Which appears to be the case here as well, but who knows. Maybe i’ll have the same stupid smile and glazed heroine like glaze over my eyes during that jet ski/dirtbike scene in the same manner I did a certain endless runway fight. xXx: Return of Xander Cage hits in February 2017. Vin Diesel’s new boat depends on us remembering who the hell Xander is.

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