Aug 252015
 




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Even though the Bond fan in me couldn’t help but get slightly annoyed at the film hinting several times that 007 was old hat, I quite enjoyed xXx as a dumb action movie. It was a big box office success too, and it seemed that initially Vin Diesel’s badass hero Xander Cage was intended to return, but in the end neither Vin Diesel nor director Rob Cohen returned for the sequel, which ended up being directed by Lee Tamahori and starring a rather miscast Ice Cube. I thought xXx: State Of The Union, whilst inferior, had its impressive moments, even if it was even stupider. This time though the public stayed away, nixing any plans for more XXX adventures, though every now and again Vin Diesel has mentioned the possibility, and now, with the star riding high due to the huge success of the Fast And The Furious franchise [which he and Cohen began back in 2001], the last instalment being this year’s top grossing film until a certain dinosaur franchise made a return to the big screen, he’s used his clout to get the project underway, posting on Instagram:

“While I was filming xXx, guys on set called me Air Diesel… The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines.”

There’s no news on director or plot [the latter isn’t especially important though is it?] yet, but Vin Diesel just doesn’t seem to stop at the moment. He’s recently finished shooting on dark fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter and Ang Lee’s Iraq War drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, while Furious 8 is unfortunately [don’t you think they should have ended it with the last one, which concluded so poignantly?] expected to shoot in 2016 for release in spring 2017. He still mentions that darn Hannibal film every now and again too…

Dr Lenera

Dr LeneraI'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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