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xXx: Return of Xander Cage European Premiere at the O2 Arena - EVENT REPORT

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

xXx: Return of Xander Cage European Premiere EVENT REPORTEarlier this week the lady & I had a special date as we kicked off 2017 by heading to the O2 Arena for the European Premiere of the third film in the XXX series, which sees Vin Diesel's return to the franchise - xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

     After a delay, apparently caused by Vin Diesel's helicopter arriving late, yes, you read that correctly Vin Diesel arrived by helicopter and the rest of the cast arrived by taking a luxury speedboat out along the Thames.

     Video: xXx: Return of Xander Cage | European Premiere in London | Paramount Pictures UK    



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The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE  - O2 ARENA, LONDON

     Making our way through the service tunnels, we turned the corner to find that the O2 had been turned into a tropical island for the evening jam packed with fans and talent and double them in security.

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - RED CARPET - O2 ARENA, LONDON

     We eventually made our way along the Red, well White Carpet spotting some of the talent from D.J. Caruso's xXx: Return of Xander Cage that attended the premiere.

     Attending the premiere were: Director D.J. Caruso.

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - DIRECTOR D.J. CARUSO BEING ITERVIEWED ON THE RED CARPET - O2 ARENA, LONDON

     xXx film stars: Vin Diesel,

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - STAR VIN DIESEL BEING INTERVIEWED - O2 ARENA, LONDON

     Legendary Martial Artist Donnie Yen,

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - DONNIE YEN ON THE RED CARPET - O2 ARENA, LONDON

     Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa,

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - TONY JAA POSING FOR FAN PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE RED CARPET- O2 ARENA, LONDON-

Nina Dobrev,

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - NINA DOBREV ON SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS ON THE RED CARPET - O2 ARENA, LONDON

Ruby Rose, Michael Bisping and Hermione Corfield.

The Establishing Shot xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE - RUBY ROSE ON THE RED CARPET- O2 ARENA, LONDON

     Although the xXx series hasn't quite delivered on the promise of a gritty alternative spy tale with realistic extreme sports shot cinéma-vérité style - rather favouring a tongue in cheek and overly slick jump shot bombastic action pop corn flick, a misstep when you have the physical talents of martial arts masters like Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa involved.

     However it certainly delivers on it's latest promise of Guns, Girls, global domination, insane stunts, huge explosions, lots of action whilst being a lot fun and a giant spectacle.

     VIDEO: XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE | TRAILER #1 | UK PARAMOUNT PICTURES    

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    To truly enjoy the film you'll have to sit back, unplug and suspend belief as much as the film suspends the laws of gravity and psychics and you are in for a ride.

     Along with the return of Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson there are lots of surprises and twists as well as a new XXX international coalition team made up of: the good - Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose), the extreme - Nicks (Kris Wu) and the completely insane - Tennyson Torch (Rory McCann) who have to go around the world visiting exotic locations to go toe to toe with an even more extreme and insidious team: Serena Unger (Deepika Padukone), Talon (Tony Jaa) and Hawk (Michael Bisping in a role originally intended for Conor McGregor) led by Xiang (Donnie Yen).

     Rory McCann would have stolen the show as Tennyson had it not been for the inclusion of living legend Donnie Yen. Who can currently also be seen in cinemas in Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Although neither of these films gets a chance to show much of Yen's greatness I left the O2 with a hankering to rewatch one of Wilson Yip's Ip Man films or Teddy Chan's Kung Fu Killer starring Yen and Prachya Pinkaew's Ong-Bak starring Tony Jaa.

     VIDEO: xXx: Return of Xander Cage | Featurette: Tony Jaa in xXx | UK Paramount Pictures    

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang 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. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

In addition to Diesel reprising the lead role, “XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” stars an international cast including Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Rory McCann, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Paramount Pictures will release “XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” on Friday 20 January, 2017.

For more information about xXx: Return of Xander Cage head over to:
Twitter: @ParamountUK / #ReturnofXanderCage
Facebook: Facebook.com/ReturnofXanderCage.UK/

The Establishing Shot: XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE O2 ARENA - EVENT REPORT

xXx: Return of Xander Cage European Premiere EVENT REPORT
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