Tuesday, July 19, 2016

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage trailer

Back in 2002, I was quite fond of "xXx" with Vin Diesel. It played like a typical James Bond formula, except it was pumped full of steroids and had an energy drink gulped down its sarcophagus. It felt edgier, meaner and faster paced than the regular spy films. I also absolutely loved how the movie played by the normal James Bond-esque tropes but also deconstructed them in the same movie. No easy feat by any means. With "xXx" and "The Bourne Identity" in the same exact summer, it felt like a testament to an age of new blood in the spy genre.

Sadly, that excitement didn't carry over into "xXx" sequel, "xXx: State of the Union." They through out Vin's character and replaced him with Ice Cube. They didn't allow anything that made the first film flourish to run rapid in the sequel. It was dead on arrival. The idea of Xander Cage returning to the franchise always felt like a rumor that would never see the light of day. Something you heard about year after year after year. With no ending in sight.

Its official that in 2017, Vin Diesel is returning to this franchise as Xander Cage, the agent we know and love. Yeah, he apparently died in "State of the Union." But if  this trailer is doing anything, its giving that unwanted sequel the big middle finger and practically rebooting the sequel. Soon, "State of the Union" probably won't even exist in the canon of this franchise. Again, this sequel looks to be playing by the same rules the Bond films did, but edgier and more deconstructed. I couldn't be happier.





I am going to give this one a chance. I hope its as good and wild as the first film.

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