Silly Action and Extreme Sports Collide in the Trailer for ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’

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“Let me simplify it for you: Kick some ass and try to look dope while doing it.”

A pep talk from Samuel L. Jackson is never a bad way to open a trailer, and the above quote would sound silly without the authoritative swagger of Jackson’s voice. However, there’s not much within the trailer for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage that isn’t remarkably silly. After all, the trailer features Vin Diesel‘s eponymous hero skiing through the rain forest and riding waves on his motorcycle. I may not be exactly excited for the return of Diesel’s extreme sports super-spy, but there’s something about his earnest goofiness that captures your attention even if your brain is reminding you just how silly it all is.

This trailer for D.J. Caruso‘s revitalization of the xXx series is remarkably silly, but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Even if you’re somehow turned off by the sheer absurdity on display, at least you can take comfort in the fact that Caruso seems to be crafting some big, visually coherent set pieces for The Return of Xander Cage.

Co-starring alongside Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage are Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, and Toni Collette. The supreme silliness of an X-Games secret agent and the earnest absurdity of Vin Diesel will take center stage when xXx: The Return of Xander Cage opens in theaters on January 20th, 2017.

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