‘xXx’ Movie Review: Is This Film A Breakthrough For Deepika In Hollywood?

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This film is the third instalment of the xXx film series franchise, and the second one featuring Vin Diesel in the lead role. The beast of a movie that is designed so amazingly, that half of the audience in the theatre fell asleep, while the other half was enjoying this film for its incredible action!

Now, if you’re an Indian, then I know you’re going to love this movie anyway; because it features the Indian lady (Deepika Padukone) in a leading role opposite the only truly desi Hollywood star for India, Vin Diesel.

The film gives every actor an equal share on the screen to win the applauds of the audience, but only a few of them have managed to perform up to the mark as they drastically failed to match the beats set by Vin Diesel since his entry onto the screen. Don’t worry; I’m not talking about Nina Dobrev or Ruby Rose.

Even after putting a lot of efforts do you know where Deepika failed in this film? Well, let’s find out!

xXx – Return of Xander Cage (2017)

'xXx' Movie Review

Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is left to ruin, though he overcomes everything and returns to action for brand new combat sequences and tough assignments with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Many critics would call it an action-packed-only-for-action-lovers-film, but I’d say… give it a chance. If this film has managed to keep my eyes open all the time or blame Deepika for that matter; I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed much as well.

Audience reaction!

'xXx' Movie Review

There aren’t many jumping-my-ass-of-the-seats moment in this film, but at countable moments the film would force your hands to come together and wallop it. One of them is when you see Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone’s name in the credit rolls.

Deepika Padukone has got enough of screentime!

'xXx' Movie Review

Surprisingly, Deepika Padukone has got enough of screentime in the film to showcase her talent. Yeah, I said surprisingly because my experience with Irrfan Khan hasn’t been so good; that guy misled me a lot of times. Her character has a back story, and it might be possible that you may see her soon in another instalment of the xXx series as well.

Also, her chemistry with Vin Diesel is flawless, and Ranveer Singh back at home might not like it. I know you are desperately waiting to find out where Deepika failed in this film? The answer is her Indian accent. I don’t feel proud saying this but, her desi-Indian accent lowered her confidence, and that’s visible at all places in the film where she has delivered significant dialogues.

Other characters in the film!

'xXx' Movie Review

The casting of this film is done almost close to perfection, giving Neymar Jr. the role of his lifetime. And not to forget super impressive performance that came from Donnie Yen. It’s a second action-packed thriller for him in a row after December’s Rogue One.

Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Ruby Rose and Toni Collette have performed considerably well. Actually, all of these actors complete this film, you remove just one of them and xXx: Return of Xander Cage would never be same again.

Direction and Cinematography

Direction and Cinematography

D.J. Caruso has managed to keep alive the action and passion that people have for Xander Cage. Since its inception to till the end, if there’s anything that holds you on your seat, then it’s the awesome action driven direction of the film. Though at some point you may find some scene elongated more than they needed, maybe it was done to increase the running the time of the movie.

Talking about Cinematography in the film, then there’s one interesting thing that I noticed, and it’s Russell Carpenter. Yes, I don’t know how many people would know this, but the last film that Russell shot was an Indian cinema, Parched. There’s a drastic difference between these two films, and I must say, Good Job Russell!

Screenplay, Visual Effects and Production of the film.

'xXx' Movie Review

Right on target! Though this film has some jerks on the screenplay level, you wouldn’t mind them if you’re busy watching your favourite stars entertaining you with all their energy. If you could spend an extra penny from your pocket, then go and watch this film in 3D. The never seen before entry of Vin Diesel in itself is huge enough reason for you to prefer 3D.

Overall Viewing Experience

Overall Viewing Experience

I’d rename this film to, “Pandora’s box action film” which has mind-boggling guns, bikes, planes and everything in between. You’ll see Vin Diesel doing some surreal stunts on the ground; underwater is enough in themselves to send chills down your spine.

Though Indians may not love Deepika Padukone’s purely desi-Indian-English accent, no doubt she has nailed this film with her looks, beauty, and acting talent. This movie could indeed become a breakthrough for her in Hollywood, leaving behind Priyanka Chopra’s Quantico.

A wonderful treat for Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone fans!

A wonderful treat for Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone fans!

The climax of this film is something that would make Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra go crazy over Deepika Padukone and Vin Diesel. Making it one of the most memorable shots of her life, there’s something special in the climax, and for that, you’ll have to see the film.

Watch the trailer here:

If you’ve watched the film, then share your views in the comment box.

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