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Box office  $693 Million (3 films)
Running Time  
5.4/10 IMDb


Release date  2002–present
Budget  242 million USD
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Directed by  Rob Cohen (1) , Lee Tamahori (2), D. J. Caruso (3)
Produced by  Neal H. Moritz (1-2), Arne Schmidt (2), Joe Roth (3), Jeff Kirschenbaum (3), Vin Diesel (3), Samantha Vincent (3)
Written by  Rich Wilkes (1), Simon Kinberg (2), F. Scott Frazier (3)
Music by  Randy Edelman (1), Marco Beltrami (2), Brian Tyler (3), Robert Lydecker (3)
Cinematography  Dean Semler (1), David Tattersall (2), Russell Carpenter (3)
Music director  Brian Tyler, Danny Elfman, Robert Lydecker
Edited By  Chris Lebenzon (1), Joel Negron (1), Paul Rubell (1), Mark Goldblatt (2), Todd E. Miller (2), Steven Rosenblum (2), Jim Page (3), Vince Filippone (3)

Production company  Revolution Studios (1–3) Original Film (1–2)One Race Films (3)
Distributed by   Columbia Pictures (1–2) Paramount Pictures (3–4)
Country   United States
Language  English
Similar XXX (2002 film), XXX: State of the Union, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Fate of the Furious, Jack Reacher: Never Go, XXX: Return of Xander Cage
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XXX (pronounced as Triple X and stylized as xXx) is an American action film series created by Rich Wilkes. The xxx film series and franchise 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). The series has grossed $656 million worldwide.

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Facts

  •   The series cast consists of some real extreme sports stars.

  •    Vin Diesel's tattoos are not real in the movie.

  •    A stuntman Harry O'Connor  died on set while filming xxx (2002).

  •    In Return of Xander Cage (2017), Vin Diesel’s character has a leg tattoo with the name Harry O’Connor, a tribute to the stuntman who was killed in the production of the first xXx film.

  •    The first xXx movie was shot in just 82 days.

  •    Two scripts were written for 2nd xXx movie one involving pirates in southeast asia and other involving plot set in washington dc. finally washington dc plot was selected as we all know.

  •     In xXx (2002) Vin Diesel performed many of his own stunts.

  •     According to Director Rob Cohen, there are over twenty thousand individual sound effects in the avalanche sequence.

  •    The middle X is capitalized to differentiate the film from the porn rating.

  •     Samuel L. Jackson's character in this film has a scar on his face and eye, just like his character Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe does.

  •    Even though Vin Diesel and Director Rob Cohen signed on for State of the Union Both ended up leaving the project. 

  •    Towards the end of the State of the Union film, Stone (Ice Cube) uses the phrase "Son of a bitch stole my line" in response to the President's speech. This line was spoken by Dr. Maguire (Robin Williams) in Good Will Hunting (1997). 

  •    In the UK, the subtitle, "State of the Union" was changed to "The Next Level" for DVD and Blu-ray releases. 

  •    Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut with Return of Xander Cage. 

  •    In Return of Xander Cage Donnie Yen replaced Jet Li for the role of Xiang, after Li dropped out for undisclosed reasons. 

  •    Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. made his first acting debut in XXX:Return of Xander Cage (2017).

  •    Originally, Return of Xander Cage was going to be a direct sequel to xXx (2002), Ignoring the State of the Union 2005 movie.

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xXx (2002)

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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. xXx is directed by Rob Cohen who previously directed The Fast and the Furious (2001), in which Diesel also starred. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a financial success, grossing $277.4 million worldwide. It has a runtime of 124 min and is written by Rich Wilkes.

xXx: State of the Union (2005)

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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: State of the Union was directed by Lee Tamahori who also directed  Die Another Day and has a runtime of 101 minutes It had a Budget of $87 million and made $71.1 million at Box office. It was highly criticized by reviewers. Two different scripts were prepared for the film finally Simon Kinberg's script was selected. The movie had more action than the first XXX movie did also it had lots of shooting and explosions. A soundtrack containing hip hop and alternative rock was released on April 26, 2005, via Jive Records.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

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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.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) was released by Paramount Pictures on January 20, 2017, in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $346 million worldwide. Filming began on February 2, 2016 and lasted until May 20, 2016, and also took place in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Music soundtracks were composed by Brian Tyler and Robert Lydecker it also includes songs by various artists like Kris Wu, Nicky Jam and Ice Cube who appear in the film. It has a run time of 107 minutes. It was made with a budget of $85 million and made $346.1 million at the box office. It is the third installment in the XXX franchises and a sequel to both XXX (2002) and XXX: State of the Union (2005). Unlike the previous films, which were distributed by Columbia Pictures, the film was released by Paramount Pictures in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. This also marks the first film produced by Revolution Studios in ten years since 2007's The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

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In January 2014, Vin Diesel confirmed work on a sequel tentatively titled XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. On August 23, 2015, Vin Diesel announced on his Instagram page that "While I was filming xXx, guys on set called me Air Diesel... The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines.  #ILiveForThisShit...". On October 10, 2015, it was reported that director D. J. Caruso would direct the film. Diesel announced that UFC fighter Conor McGregor was cast in a role and that Jackson will be reprising his role as Gibbons. However, in April 2016 it was announced McGregor had dropped out of his planned appearance to focus on training and the UFC; he was replaced by Michael Bisping. On January 1, 2016, Twitch Film reported that Tony Jaa, Jet Li and Deepika Padukone were cast in roles. The following week, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose were also cast. Dobrev would be playing a witty and sarcastic techie, while Padukone would play a huntress who happens to be Cage's former lover. Rose would play a sniper. Andrey Ivchenko was confirmed to be another villain in the film, given that earlier reports revealed Li to be playing an adversary as well.

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It was rumored that Ice Cube, who played the protagonist Darius Stone in the second film in 2005, would reprise his role, which was confirmed in January 2017. On February 6, 2016, Caruso revealed on his Twitter account that Kris Wu had joined the cast, he also added that Wu would be playing a vital character. On February 12, 2016, reports brought in the news that Jet Li dropped out of the film and was replaced with Donnie Yen in the role of the main antagonist, Xiang. On June 3, 2016, it was revealed that Brazilian footballer Neymar joined the film's cast.

Principal photography began on February 2, 2016, primarily at Cinespace Film Studios' Kipling Avenue facility in Hamilton, Ontario. Filming lasted until May 20, 2016, and also took place in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.

The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage

In addition to the deleted scenes on director's cut of the first film, the DVD also contains an extra video titled The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage, a four-minute short film that attempts to tie up some loose ends about the Xander Cage character by showing his glorious demise. This short film was released on 13 April 2005 

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.

xXx 4 


Fourth ‘xXx’ Movie is in the Works as Vin Diesel & H Collective Nab rights to franchise. Production already started in December 2018. Jay Chou and Zoe Zhang mostly will be in xXx 4. Legendary Japanese rockstar and drummer/co-founder of the band X Japan will work on soundtrack for xXx 4. D.J. Caruso will be directing  the movie.

Deepika Padukone returns to co-star with Vin Diesel. Nina Dobrev is expected to return as Agent Becky Clearidge, and it is anticipated that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons, as well. xXx 4 as of may 2020 does not currently have a release date but It is highly likely that we will see this in theaters sometimes in 2021. Always met with mixed reception, some fans of the franchise (or of Vin Diesel’s muscular profile) are excited, while others feel like the quality of the movies have gone downhill. Diesel, however, always brings in the dough.

While the details of the plot are not yet known, there has been discussion surrounding the possibility of it being a movie about “watching the watchers”. In today’s real-life political world, there is often a concern about the inability to oversee certain government officials. Immediately, the case of Snowden versus the NSA comes to mind. This could be a movie where Cage, and the others, have to fight the “good guys” as the xXx program now has to face off against corrupt government officials or organizations. While this idea was touched on in xXx: State of the Union, it could reveal a bigger ring of involvement. Either way, the fourth installment of xXx promises to be action-packed and filled with some of our favorite, sexy celebrities.

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Cast

xXx (2002)

  • Vin Diesel as Xander Cage / xXx
  • Asia Argento as Yelena
  • Samuel L. Jackson as NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
  • Marton Csokas as Yorgi
  • Michael Roof as NSA Agent Toby Lee Shavers
  • Richy Müller as Milan Sova
  • Werner Daehn as Kirill
  • Petr Jákl as Kolya
  • Jan Pavel Filipensky as Viktor
  • Tom Everett as California state senator Dick Hotchkiss
  • Danny Trejo as El Jefe
  • Thomas Ian Griffith as NSA Agent Jim McGrath
  • Eve as J.J.
  • Leila Arcieri as Jordan King
  • William Hope as NSA Agent Roger Donnan
  • Radek Tomecka as Ivan Pedgrag
  • Martin Hub as Ivan Podrov
  • Joe Bucaro III as Virg
  • Chris Gann as T.J.
  • xXx:State of the Union (2005)

  • Ice Cube as Darius Stone / xXx
  • Willem Dafoe as US Secretary of Defense, General George Deckert
  • Scott Speedman as NSA Agent Kyle Christopher Steele
  • Peter Strauss as US President James Sanford
  • Samuel L. Jackson as NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
  • John G. Connolly as Sgt Alabama "Bama" Cobb
  • Xzibit as Zeke
  • Sunny Mabrey as Charlie Mayweather
  • Nona Gaye as Lola Jackson
  • Michael Roof as NSA Agent Toby Lee Shavers
  • Ramon De Ocampo as NSA Agent Meadows

  • xXx:Return of Xander Cage (2017)
  • Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, an extreme athlete turned xXx field agent who was believed to have died.
  • Donnie Yen as Xiang, a xXx agent who heads a team trying to secure Pandora's Box
  • Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger, supports Xiang
  • Kris Wu as Nicks, full name Nicky Zhou, a guy who supports Cage; he is also a DJ nicknamed "The Hood"
  • Ruby Rose as Adele Wolff, a main sharpshooter who supports Cage
  • Tony Jaa as Talon, supports Xiang
  • Nina Dobrev as Becky Clearidge, former assistant of Gibbons and weapons specialist assigned by Marke to provide technical weapons and equipment support to Cage.
  • Toni Collette as Jane Marke, CIA agent lead who brings in Cage for the job
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Augustus Gibbons, founder of the xXx program and also NSA field agent who originally recruited Cage
  • Rory McCann as Tennyson Torch, a getaway driver who supports Cage; he keeps a record of the number of times he drives a vehicle to crash into things (which reaches 200)
  • Hermione Corfield as Ainsley, a closest ally of Cage who lives in London.
  • Tony Gonzalez as Paul Donovan, Special Forces operative working for Marke
  • Michael Bisping as Hawk, supports Xiang

  • Ice Cube reprises his role from the xXx: State of the Union film as xXx agent Darius Stone. Professional footballer Neymar appears as himself. Al Sapienza plays CIA Director Anderson. Nicky Jam plays Lazarus, Ariadna Gutiérrez plays Lola, Shawn Roberts plays Jonas, Daniel Kash plays Russian Spymaster, and Andrey Ivenchko plays Red Erik.

    The Final Chapter:The Death of Xander Cage (2005) [Short film]
  • Khristian Lupo
  • Vin Diesel (archive recordings)
  • Leila Arcieri
  • John G. Connolly

  • xXx 4

  • Vin Diesel
  • Deepika Padukone
  • Jay Chou
  • Zoe Zhang
  • Roy Wang
  • Crew


    xXx (2002)
    Rob Cohen, Rich Wilkes, Neal H. Moritz, Dean Semler , Randy Edelman, Chris Lebenzon, Joel Negron, Paul Rubell

    xXx:State of the Union (2005)
    Lee Tamahori, Simon Kinberg, Neal H. Moritz, Anre Schmidt, David Tattersall, Marco Beltrami, Mark Goldblatt, Todd E. Miller, Steven Rosenblum

    xXx:Return of Xander Cage (2017)
    D. J. Caruso, F. Scott Frazier, Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent, Russell CarpenterBrian Tyler, Robert Lydecker, Jim Page, Vince Filippone.

    xXx 4

    D. J. Caruso, Yoshiki. (Expected)

    xXx Film Series Main Characters (Top 3)

    Character: Xander Cage

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    Xander Cage, played by the infamous Vin Diesel, begins the original movie as a reckless character with an enthusiasm for extreme sports. Drafted into a government operation, Cage becomes a spy. His penchant for thrill-seeking, as well as three months spent in a cast that relegated Cage to playing shooting games for fun, makes Xander Cage a natural at using a spy’s tools of the trade. Xander’s muscular build and sharp mind also contribute to his success in the field.

    The reason that Xander is referred to as “Triple X” is due to the tattoo on his neck, which represents each major crime he has committed. Those crimes are the theft of an automobile, reckless driving, and jumping off of a bridge. Assumed dead after the first movie, the third movie reveals that Xander Cage has merely been in hiding, biding his time until the world needed him once again. 

    Character: Darius Stone

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    Darius Stone is the character who replaces Xander Cage for the second xXx movie. Played by Ice Cube, the rapper and actor, Stone is a former Navy Seal. Trained by the military, Darius Stone is an expert marksman and very advanced in hand-to-hand combat. Refusing to follow orders, as well as lashing out against a superior, lands Stone in prison for years. Considered a good candidate for a secret government operation, Darius Stone is broken out of prison in exchange for his assistance.

    Recruited into the same program Xander Cage was involved in, Stone is asked to help prevent the White House from being forcefully taken over. His tough attitude, military experience, and rebellious spirit all play into the choices he makes as things progress, including when to trust government officials and when not to. In the end, Stone saves the United States from the plot of rogue government agents.

    Character: Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons

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    Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons is played by the legendary Samuel L. Jackson. Gibbons is the head of the xXx project and is the one who hires first Xander Cage, followed by Darius Stone. As two agents suggest new hires at the end of the second xXx movie, Gibbons puts them in their place by saying he is the one who chooses the new agents. Gibbons is well-liked by both his colleagues and the two spies.

    Agent Gibbons has a sense of honor, but he is not above breaking the law, especially when it will further the completion of his missions. This can be seen when he kidnaps Cage to recruit him into the program. An employee of the NSA, Gibbons realizes that people like Cage and Stone bring a new element to the spy game: the ability to sneak in undetected, as traditional spies are becoming too easy to spot.

    Critical Response

    The first film was received by 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. Imdb rating for film is 5.9 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes ratings are 48%. Metacritic ratings are 48%. Alchetron ratings are 5 out of 10. According to google 65% liked the first xXx film. 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 even 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". Imdb rating for film is just 4.4 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes ratings are just 17%. Metacritic ratings are 37%. Alchetron ratings are 5.8 out of 10. According to google 70% liked the second xXx film. 

    For XXX:Return of Xander Cage (2017) On Metacritic, the film has a score of 42 out of 100 and shows "mixed or average reviews". Imdb ratings are 5.2 out of 10. Rotten tomates shows 46% rating and according to google 64% liked this film.

    How Many xXx Movies are There ?

    As of May 2019 there are 4 xXx movies produced & 1 is in production process.

    xXx Movies List

  • XXX (2002) 
  • XXX:State of the Union (2005)
  • XXX:Return of Xander Cage (2017)
  • The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage (2005) Short Film 
  • A 5th xXx movie named xXx 4 is in production as well.
  • xXx Movies Review

    xXx (2002) Review

    The original xXx movie was a hot, action-packed thriller that excited audiences worldwide. Following the national tragedy of September 11th, the United States needed a good kick-butt spy movie to lean on. Vin Diesel does an excellent job as Xander Cage, showing that he can do a convincing job as a thrill-seeker being forced to help his government and look good as well while doing it !

    Although Diesel is involved in other action franchises, such as The Fast and the Furious, he was able to clearly show differences between his characters. For instance, Xander Cage has more of a fun-loving attitude than the protagonist of The Fast and the Furious because of differences in their backstory. Cage also has a swaggering attitude full of confidence, while his other character, Dom, is more low-key. 

    While some watchers came for the action, stunts, and adrenaline, others can enjoy the romance between Cage and Yelena, the girlfriend of the main bad guy, Yorgi. While xXx disappoints some, it is a very exciting ride through the gorgeous city of Prague, watching Xander Cage dispatch with the members of Anarchy99 in a thrilling manner. 

    It does contain some cheesy lines and cringy moments, but what older spy movie doesn’t? Overall, xXx is a great action movie that can be rented for cheap or found free on some platforms.

    xXx:State of the Union (2005) Review

    Not as good as the first xXx movie which released in 2002, XXX:State of the Union does have some action scenes which can blow your mind, also the political thrill is entertaining, If you like action then this movie is good for you but other things are just ok and its not better than the first movie but some people liked this movie more than the first xXx movie.

    xXx:Return of Xander Cage (2017) Review

    Released 15 years after the original xXx This film received mixed reviews from critics.it has lots of stunts, noise, fights and shoot-outs, Leah Pickett of the Chicago Reader called Return of Xander Cage" only slightly less dumb and nonsensical than the previous films" and praised the action and stunt work from Diesel and Donnie Yen.

    Box office Statistics

    XXX (2002)                                            ($277 M box office)         ($70 M budget)
    XXX: State of the Union (2005)            ($71 M box office)           ($87 M budget)
    XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2017)     ($345 box office)         ($85 M budget)

    References

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