XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. (PG) *** – By Shirl Hollenberg

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Lone Wolf!

IMG_3114Good will hunting comes in handy when a hero out in the cold returns to action in the adrenalin pumping XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Here the moral of the story is don’t mess with Paramount Films or the Chinese backers of this extravaganza sure to pack in The crowds at punch happy Cineplex arenas still left standing throughout B.C.

Countless times we have seen the story of a once upon a time hero coaxed back into active service to save the day. Up for the challenge is Mr. Cage who just happens to be living a quiet life in some tropical hot spot far away from the maddening crowd. Not for long! Suave and debonair Vin Diesel suits up and is as cocky as ever as the reluctant warrior who out of a debt of gratitude dives into action when a deadly weapon threatens the earth.

Far-fetched? To be sure. But full on fun is on the way as Cage assembles a rag tag group of would-be adventurers set loose To track down an equally insane band of thugs whose athletic prowess and combat skills are second to none. Or so they thought.

Wild death-defying stunts, abundant male and female flesh, relentless fights/chases and guns galore mean The Return of Xander Cage is full value for the thrill-seeking set. Subtle surprises, slick humour and some classy cameo characters make this flick a hoot to watch especially if you like over the top chaos with comrades in arms who deliciously deliver quips with tongues firmly in Cheeks.