It’s not that ladies mind, shooting double-entenders and pheromone jets whenever it’s around. His latest assignment is to recover a stolen superweapon known as the Pandora’s Box, which will include a cohort of strangers – including a lion-sniper (Ruby Rose) and a concussion-injured duel driver (Rory McCann) – and a large number of kicks And punches and smiles. Acting is quite excessive for those requirements, although it seems no one told Nina Dobrev, who plays a tech support geek with more greenery than she met in six seasons of “The Vampire Diaries.”
Weirdly retro in Style, the film has a mockery of “Austin Powers” flavor. Villains travel with Velcroed bikini girls to each hip, and women glide and pose as if inspired by the boom-chicka-boom music that can only be heard. The characters are simply triggers for the acclaimed action sequences, though between the Edward Scissorhands edition and the occasional wobble background, even those are less than distinct.
Foolish as it is, “Xander Cage” purveys a deeply depressing vision of Heroism, one without conscience, compassion, or moral scruples. Xander could dally with women, but it’s chaos that owns his heart.,,,