XXX (film series)
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Total (3 films):|
xXx (pronounced as Triple X) is an American action film series created by Rich Wilkes. It stars Vin Diesel and Ice Cube and consists of three films: xXx (2002), xXx: State of the Union (2005) and xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and a short film: The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage. The series has grossed $656 million worldwide.
The film was released on August 9, 2002, which stars Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, a thrill seeking extreme sports enthusiast, stuntman and rebellious athlete-turned-reluctant spy for the National Security Agency who is sent on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a group of potential Russian terrorists in Central Europe. The film also stars Asia Argento, Marton Csokas and Samuel L. Jackson. It was directed by Rob Cohen, who previously directed The Fast and the Furious (2001), in which Diesel also starred.
xXx: State of the Union (2005)
The film was released on April 29, 2005, which stars Ice Cube as Darius Stone, a new agent in the Triple X program, who is sent to Washington, DC to defuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
The film was released on January 20, 2017, sees the return of Diesel as Xander Cage who comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
In an interview with Variety, Diesel revealed that Paramount has already contacted him about returning for a fourth film, even going so far as asking him if he and other cast members would be willing to get to work sometime in May 2017.
The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage
Included with the 2005 director's cut DVD of the first film is a four-minute short titled The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage, that serves as a prequel to xXx: State of the Union by detailing the alleged death of Xander Cage before the events of that film.
In the short film, Xander is played by Vin Diesel's stunt double Khristian Lupo (who never shows his face or speaks) while reusing some archival lines spoken by Diesel. It also features Leila Arcieri as Jordan King from the first film and John G. Connolly as Lt. Colonel Alabama "Bama" Cobb, one of the villains from xXx: State of the Union, as the man behind the attack on Xander.
State of the Union
Return of Xander Cage
|The Final Chapter:|
The Death of Xander Cage
|Vin Diesel||Vin Diesel||Khristian Lupo|
|NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons||Samuel L. Jackson|
|Toby Lee Shavers||Michael Roof|
|Jordan King||Leila Arcieri||Leila Arcieri|
|Alabama "Bama" Cobb||John G. Connolly||John G. Connolly|
|Milan Sova||Richy Müller|
|Viktor||Jan Pavel Filipensky|
|California State Senator Dick Hotchkiss||Tom Everett|
|El Jefe||Danny Trejo|
|NSA Agent Jim McGrath||Thomas Ian Griffth|
|NSA Agent Roger Donnan||William Hope|
|Ivan Pedgrag||Radek Tomecka|
|Ivan Podrov||Martin Hub|
|General George Deckert||Willem Dafoe|
|NSA Agent Kyle Christopher Steele||Scott Speedman|
|U.S. President James Sanford||Peter Strauss|
|Charlie Mayweather||Sunny Mabrey|
|Lola Jackson||Nona Gaye|
|NSA Agent Meadows||Ramon De Ocampo|
|Becky Clearidge||Nina Dobrev|
|Adele Wolff||Ruby Rose|
|Jane Marke||Toni Collette|
|Harvard "Nicks" Zhou||Kris Wu|
|Tennyson "Torch"||Rory McCann|
|CIA Director Anderson||Al Sapienza|
|Gina Roff||Ariadna Gutiérrez|
|Red Erik||Andrey Ivchenko|
|xXx||Rob Cohen||Rich Wilkes||Neal H. Moritz||Dean Semler||Randy Edelman||Chris Lebenzon|
|xXx: State of the Union||Lee Tamahori||Simon Kinberg||Neal H. Moritz
|David Tattersall||Marco Beltrami||Mark Goldblatt|
Todd E. Miller
|xXx: Return of Xander Cage||D. J. Caruso||F. Scott Frazier||Joe Roth
|Russell Carpenter||Brian Tyler
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|xXx||August 9, 2002||$142,109,382||$135,339,000||$277,448,382||#334||#416||$70 million|||
|xXx: State of the Union||April 29, 2005||$26,873,932||$44,148,761||$71,022,693||#2,675||N/A||$60 million|||
|xXx: Return of Xander Cage||January 20, 2017||$44,898,413||$301,065,438||$345,963,851||#1,750||#322||$85 million|||
|Total||$ 213,881,727||$ 480,553,199||$ 694,434,926||$215 million|||
|xXx||48% (178 reviews)||48 (33 reviews)||A−|
|xXx: State of the Union||16% (135 reviews)||37 (31 reviews)||B+|
|xXx: Return of Xander Cage||45% (121 reviews)||42 (25 reviews)||A–|
The first film received mixed reviews from critics. Roger Ebert called it "as good as a James Bond movie". Adam Smith of Empire Online called the movie, "Sporadically entertaining, but seriously hampered by a very choppy screenplay", and rating it three out of five stars. The film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie, but lost to Jackass: The Movie.
The second film in the series was panned by critics, Boo Allen of the Denton Record Chronicle called it "a chubby, surly, incomprehensible action hero". Brian Orndorf of FilmJerk.com compared watching the film to running "headfirst at top speed into a brick wall". David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer said "the plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid". Some critics liked the film. Mack Bates of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel praised Ice Cube's "trademark charisma and street sensibility", while Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly called it "that rare B movie that’s rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation". Paul Arendt of the BBC said, "Viewed on its own trashy terms, it succeeds brilliantly".
This section is missing information about the details of the critical response to the third film.(April 2017)
A Video game featuring Xander Cage was produced for Game Boy Advance, released in NA and Europe in year 2002. 
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