Welcome to Vin Diesel’s ego, where it’s the late 90’s / early 2000’s all the time!
There’s action, explosions, dialogue that is as cringe-worthy as it is tolerable…
There’s a lot of praise thrown at
Vin Diesel Xander Cage throughout the film due to how legendary he is. People can’t seem to not want to respect him, which is how you know who the bad person will end up being.
Some people are baddies, then not baddies and people who seem to be the main baddies are not the real main baddies.
This is a film that doesn’t take itself seriously and it’s good to see that. It’s good to see the actors having as much fun as they have with this film.
However, a lot of it seems to be a little too much as though it’s going through the motions.
Whilst his action chops are utilised well, once again 甄子丹 is under-utilised as an actor.
The guy is able to be a convincing actor and yet no one seems to notice.
Action scenes, whilst fun are mostly flat outside of a few standout moments. Those moments are wonderfully over the top, but otherwise it’s pretty standard.
Dialogue is mostly underwritten and a little too eager to to remain poor, although the delivery from the actors does improve it somewhat. As this is an action film that doesn’t take itself seriously, this doesn’t need to be close to outstanding in any way, but the problem is that the words aren’t close enough to decent most of the time. They do what they need to do, but they don’t strive for anything other than so-so and cringe-worthy.
The film is shot well for the most part, although sometimes it appears to be a little too obvious when a stunt double is being used, although that somehow adds a little charm to the film.
Overall, I wouldn’t necessarily say don’t see it. I would say that it might not be worth your time. There seems to be a little too much ego stroking and not enough development of everything that should be seen as important.
It’s fun at parts, but otherwise a flat experience.