Vin Diesel’s characters just keep coming back for more. While we’re unlikely to see The Last Witch Hunter‘s Kaulder again, Dominic Toretto returns in April in The Fate of the Furious, there’s a new Riddick movie in development, and now, after 15 years, extreme sports nut turned special agent Xander Cage is back!

When a piece of tech that can turn satellites into guided missiles is stolen by a bunch of bad guys (led by Donnie Yen), who ya gonna call?

“We need someone who can walk into a tornado and come out on the other side like it was a damn gentle breeze,” says Toni Collette’s NSA boss, while remaining admirably stony-faced. Flash cut to the Dominican Republic where Cage is enjoying the quiet life, skiing through the jungle (as you do), putting Tony Hawk to shame on a skateboard, and basking in the attention of gorgeous young women.

Following a stopover in London to pick up his trademark fur coat, Cage assembles his team – comprising our own Ruby Rose (a perfect fit for this kind of action flick), Bollywood star Deepika  Padukone, nerdy hacker Nina Dobrev, DJ Kris Wu, and the Hound from Game of Thrones (aka Rory McCann) – and the race is on to retrieve the device (known as Pandora’s Box) before more satellites drop out of orbit.

Set in a world where the laws of physics don’t apply, the heroes are indestructible and motorcycles turn into jet skis to navigate tubular swells, xXx: Return of Xander Cage revels in its own shameless stupidity and rarely pauses for breath. It’s a prime example of what the modern action movie has become in the wake of The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious.

Diesel has an uncanny knack of making mindless movies more enjoyable than they deserve to be through sheer charisma alone (yes, even The Last Witch Hunter), and this is no exception. It’s “100% pure adrenaline” for a youthful demographic jacked up on too much Red Bull. Think Fast and the Furious without the cars and with a lower IQ.

In cinemas: January 19, 2017star-3
Starring: Vin Diesel, Toni Collette, Ruby Rose
Directed by: D.J. Caruso