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xXx: State of the Union (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 29 April 2005 (USA)
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Darius Stone, a new agent in the xXx program, is sent to Washington, D.C. to stop a coup attempt against the President of the United States.

Director:

Lee Tamahori

Writers:

Rich Wilkes (characters), Simon Kinberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... General George Deckert
Samuel L. Jackson ... Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
Ice Cube ... Darius Stone / XXX
Scott Speedman ... Agent Kyle Christopher Steele
Xzibit ... Zeke
Peter Strauss ... President James Sanford
Michael Roof Michael Roof ... Agent Toby Lee Shavers
Sunny Mabrey ... Charlie Mayweather
Nona Gaye ... Lola Jackson
John Gleeson Connolly ... Lt. Alabama 'Bama' Cobb (as John G. Connolly)
Ramon De Ocampo ... Agent Meadows (as Ramón De Ocampo)
Barry Sigismondi ... Bull
Michael Don Evans Michael Don Evans ... Conductor
David Rountree ... Agent
Ned Schmidtke ... General Jack Pettibone
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Storyline

Agent Augustus Gibbons has selected an imprisoned former US Navy SEAL Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, travels to Washington D.C., where they track a splinter faction of the U.S. military that attempts to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by Secretary of Defense and former 4-Star General George Deckert, Stone's former commanding officer whom he once led a mutiny against. But he's been targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. The new XXX agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Prepare for the next level See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

xXx Squared See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,712,272, 1 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,873,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,022,693
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Vin Diesel and Director Rob Cohen signed on for this film two months before xXx (2002) opened. Both ended up leaving the project. See more »

Goofs

When the truck crashes through the barricade en route to the Capitol building, you can see the cable attached to, and pulling on, the Humvee to pull it out of the frame to the right. See more »

Quotes

Darius Stone: [Darius is speaking to Lola, a car shop owner and his ex-girlfriend, about the need for a new truck] Besides, if we're gonna roll, we're gonna need something with a little more muscle. Somethin' nasty.
Lola Jackson: [smirks] I can do nasty.
Darius Stone: [smiles at Lola] I know you can.
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Alternate Versions

For the UK DVD release Sony kept the cut version instead of submitting the uncut version. They even went a step further and used this cut PAL master for all countries where this standard is used. See more »


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Wyle Out
Written by Bone Crusher (as Wayne Hardnett) and Vaushaun Brooks (as VauShawn "Maestro" Brooks)
Performed by Bone Crusher (as Bonecrusher)
Courtesy of So So Def
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Needs better action-directing
19 April 2005 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

Action without brains is actually a genre i have nothing against. As long as the action sequences are well made that is. "xXx: State of the Union" is a fair try in the genre but ultimately falls short.

The plot is as ridiculous as in the first movie. The NSA-agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) is once again looking in weird places trying to find a new agent that can break the rules and succeed. This time he finds Darius Stone (Ice Cube) in a military prison. Stone is an ex Navy Seal who will help Gibbons fight off a rogue part of the US Military trying to dispose of the president.

Seriously, no one watches these movies for the plot anyway. So that the plot is ridiculous and cheesy is beside the point. No one watches this for the acting either. So that Ice Cube is not as much an actor as a walking scowl is ALSO beside the point. He does about as good a job as Vin Diesel did anyway. What is NOT beside the point though is the fact that "xXx: State of the Union" employs the same method of action filming as many other Hollywood-movies of late. You know the method: "move the camera exceptionally close and shake it like if the camera-man was a spastic". I know that this is to hide the fact that Ice Cube doesn't know how to fight. Still it's incredibly irritating! Also the lack of logic is too evident at times. Like Ice Cube driving a sports car 360km/h on a train track with his tires torn off... Seriously.

Otherwise this had some potential. The technical quality is great, the movie looks really expensive. It has a lot of fun gadgets and crappy one-liners. And the speed of this movie is absolutely insane. Right from the beginning Lee Tamahori steps on it without ever looking back. So even though i can't say i really enjoyed this movie it was never boring, there is always something happening on screen. But the flaws in mostly the action department as well as the complete lack of logic disturbs the experience. It's still a lot better than the first movie though. I found the first one to be complete garbage, while this is still at least somewhat entertaining at times.

So in the end i think this "James Bond on steroids" will probably attract a lot of 15-yearolds that like when things keep moving and lights keep flashing. People who like to see a plot and at least some traces of logic might want to stay away though. It could have been the brainless action movie of the year, but it desperately needs some better action-directing for that. I rate it 3/10.


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