July 1, 2021

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Vin Diesel rules the world and we only live in it

Vin Diesel rules the world and we only live in

71. The last witch hunter (Breck Eisner, 2015) was his only slip in a golden year. Diesel saw himself in a crossover between the comics of Hellblazer and all those witchcraft movies that Nicolas Cage starred in a decade ago, but audiences and critics took their heads.

72. The specific reason why he insisted on becoming a witch hunter: is of fatal de Dragons & Dungeons, as evidenced by the fact that he taught Judi Dench herself to play on the set of The Chronicles of Riddick. Not everyone can boast of something like that. His character, Kaulder, is based on one that he created for the game as a teenager. Did someone say “vanity project goes wrong”?

73. The bad results of The last witch hunter left a little in the air another of his golden dreams: the tv series reboot Kojak. Right now IMDb doesn’t even have it among their movies in pre-production, but there was a time when everything seemed ready to be shot.

74. Nothing happens, because Vin immediately came out of the pothole with three simultaneous bombings, announced for the first time on, of course, the Facebook page: his long-overdue return to the world of Xander Cage in xXx: Reactivated, by DJ Caruso, his new adventure as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, by Gunn, and the excessive Fast & Furious 8, by F. Gary Gray, who introduces us to Charlize Theron as the saga’s great nemesis. I mean, this aunt kills Elsa Pataky … The mother of Dom’s son … Serious mistake. Serious, serious mistake.

75. Let’s focus for a moment on xXx. There was already a previous sequel, State of emergency (Lee Tamahori, 2005), but it was a product of the period “No sequels for Vin, unless it is Riddick”. So they took Ice Cube and named him a new Triple X agent, with results so low-key that everyone soon forgot. The real problem with this second part? They specified that Xander Cage had been killed.

76. But it makes sense: the first xXx it opened with the murder of James Bond, or of a spy so well dressed and English that the public immediately identified him with him. In fact, the film was intended as a young and provocative alternative to the 007 concept before Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006) effectively resuscitated him. And, well, Jason Bourne’s first one was released at the same time as xXx, nullifying it almost completely. Xander Cage’s fondness for extreme sports, tribal tattoos, and turn-of-the-century techno music quickly made him a relic, while Bond and Bourne are still there as timeless icons.