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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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Taglines:

The greatest threat to our nation comes from within. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official site

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

The bulletproof vest Darius (Ice Cube) puts on, during the aircraft carrier scene, is the same Interceptor body armor currently worn by the U.S. mtilitary. See more »

Goofs

The guard tower sniper at the prison is seen firing at Darius with an M40 bolt-action rifle during his escape on the helicopter, yet he is not seen operating the action and the sounds of the shots are too close together for this type of weapon. See more »

Quotes

[Deckert quotes Jefferson to justify his actions the President]
Gen. George Octavius Deckert: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots."
President James Sanford: "... and tyrants." *That's* the *end* of the quote.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Crossover (2006) See more »

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Dirty Little Thing
Written by Scott Weiland, Slash (as Saul Hudson), Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum,
Dave Kushner and Keith Nelson
Performed by Velvet Revolver
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Ignore the critics,this ridiculous,over the top action movie is great fun if you switch your brain off
2 May 2005 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Sometimes people,especially professional film critics,seem to miss the point. This film intends to be nothing more than a fun dumb action movie,with most of the required elements ramped up to insane level. No,it's not art. It's completely silly and unrealistic. But,it you switch your brain off,it's kind of fun. It's certainly better than the first XXX,which although entertaining in parts was seriously weakened by some horrible dialogue {"think Playstation"}, an obsession with trying to better James Bond,and Vin Diesel,surely one of the most uncharismatic and simply bad stars around.

The film does actually have a plot,yes it's unbelievable,and it may be hard to take the US President in the film trying to promote peace and greater understanding between the US and other nations {mmmmm},but the story does progress and is not just a chain to link the action together.

Of course,if you want action,here it is in spades. Director Lee Tamahori tries to conceal Ice Cube's inability to fight using hyper fast editing and does not quite succeed,but other sequences such as a tank battle on a ship are excellently staged and edited for maximum impact. Yes,it could not probably happen,but does it really matter? When the lengthy final set piece comes along involving an out of control train,a car driving on the train track chasing it,and a guy hanging from a helicopter on ropes trying to pick up the President,well it's obvious we have completely left reality behind and are in the world of fantasy. No,some of the CGI here is poor and justifies the quick editing,but the filmmakers are not trying to be believable. They're trying to give you something more primal,a kind of equivalent of a roller-coaster ride. Despite my above comment saying this film is not art,maybe there is sort of crazy art to this.

What may be harder to stomach in this is the shameless pandering to white folk who love black gangsta culture and the transference of some of the sexist,destructive attitude of some of that to the film. I would have liked to have heard less rap and more of Marco Beltrami's just as cool sounding and slightly tongue in cheek score during the action,and could have done without every female looking like a 12 year old boy's fantasy figure with big breasts and tight outfits,although the filmmakers themselves seem more turned on by the fast cars in the film. As with the first one Samuel L.Jackson does not do enough. However,Ice Cube is really quite OK here,he possesses both a light touch and a hard edge. As for comments about him being too fat to be an action hero,well think about that for a minute and you might realise how offensive that sounds.

There are places for all kinds of films,and XXX2 deserves as much right to exist,and shows as much creativity, as whichever worthy,award winning literary adaptation is being praised to the skies by the critics right now. Switch off your brain and enjoy


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