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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

 

I decided to watch the latest in the xXx series on a whim. I’ve always enjoyed action films, but from what I can remember from the first film (and it has been a few years since I’ve seen it), it was basically Vin Diesel as bad boy American James Bond – you know, always in a fight and always with a lady.

And whilst that certainly did prove true with this film (Vin Diesel flirting with pretty much every female character, except Jane Marke, and even has two sex scenes – one of which involves multiple unnamed women at once). There’s a joke about it that’s delivered by Samuel L. Jackson – “Kick some ass, get the girl, and look dope whilst doing it.”

But xXx was surprisingly funny, and it actually featured more than one random woman whose only purpose is to be fucked by Vin Diesel, which is actually pretty fucking amazing for an action film.

On our roster of female characters, we have Adele (Ruby Rose), who’s a sure-shot BAMF (I mean, seriously. There’s a scene where she’s in a tree that’s just… watch it). It’s implied with a very artful ‘that’s what she said’ joke that she is a lesbian, which is amazing progress for action films in general.

We also have Serena (Deepika Padukone)  who, much like Adele, is a BAMF who can certainly handle herself. Although, unlike Adele, Serena’s appearance in one scene is made much sexier than any of the other characters to show that she is a ‘love’ interest. However, this is explained and is perfectly acceptable in the film because at that moment she is supposed to be relaxing – they’re at a party. She wouldn’t be dressed for the fight that eventually erupts, but she still manages to handle herself pretty well.

The fact that Adele and Serena also have one of the BEST female bonding moments over ‘trust’, of all things. It is hilariously and had me cheering in my seat for the duo to fuck off and start their own film series.

Becky, the tech girl (Nina Dobrev) is also a nice touch. Although her introduction to the film was more cringe than noteworthy to the series, Becky is a shining star in the film and even has a moment that makes her stand out in the film.

Now, yes, I did just spend a couple hundred words rambling on about kickass female characters of this film. But they really are the unique selling point… Without them, it would have been another dude-centric film with ‘dope’ (unrealistic) action scenes. Whilst it still has a long way to go with actual character development (because, honestly, there is none. At all. For any character) it’s a stepping stone to all future action films that I hope other director’s and studio’s take on board.

And honestly, I’m a little excited for any future xXx films – especially if they have all the current character’s return to the big screen.

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