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xXx: State of the Union (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 29 April 2005 (USA)
Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, is sent to Washington, DC to defuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.

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

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£920,506 (UK) (29 April 2005)

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$26,082,914 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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Two scripts were written for consideration. One by Rich Wilkes, involves pirates in Southeast Asia, and the other, by Simon Kinberg, involves a plot set in Washington, D.C. The Simon Kinberg script was selected. Open casting calls in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area were made, on August 19, 2004 and August 26, 2004. Shooting would start on September 14, 2004 and go through October 1, 2004. Rob Cohen had earlier suggested that that both scripts may be made, with the one not used for xXx2, becoming xXx3. See more »

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During the chase of the bullet train, the operator of the train states that he cannot stop the train as he has no air pressure for the air brakes. In reality, air brakes work by supplying air to the brake pistons to keep the brake pads off of the rotor or away from the drum. When you apply the brakes, air pressure is removed from the system allowing spring pressure to force the pad to contact the rotor or drum. This is a fail-safe mode safety feature designed for an instance just like this. Thus, if the brakes lose air, the vehicle comes to a stop, and doesn't lose its ability to brake. See more »

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[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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xXx2: Coma State
30 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A film that should be retitled xXx2: Don't Say We Didn't Warn You.

Opening with an impressive first 7-8 minutes, this film moves into cookie cutter territory at a frightening speed and continues to derail any opportunity for the audience to engage in the ridiculous plot or heavily computer generated action sequences.

Ice Cube will never be thanking the academy (he at times look like he would struggle to play himself), but the Razzie committee should be on the lookout for this up and comer, this type of dribble is the cinematic equivalent of being run over repeatedly by a truck with the stereo cranked up to 11.

The first xXx was at least assure of itself, popcorn action with the acknowledgment that it was bang for buck and nothing more. State of The Union takes itself far too seriously with a plot so absurd you swear it was written by a focus group of 13 year old boys after a binge at McDonalds. Action sequences are spaced every ten minutes or so as bookends to move Cube onto the next dilemma, each new sequence becoming further and further detached from reality (the final twenty minutes is utter insanity that makes films like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle seem like documentaries). A sequence involving a train should be parody material, not a serious plot device.

Samuel L Jackson cashes in his paycheck and plods through the movie looking as though he just read the script and realized what he has got himself involved in. Scott Speedman's looks too immature to play a senior NSA agent and is largely in the film so the white folks don't feel left out. Willem Dafoe typecasts himself as the overacting bad guy yet again and X-Zibit pops in so he can possible audition for the lead in the next sequel xXx3: Turkey Season.

Women are treated as fodder to either slap around or grind up against (sometimes at the same time) all to a soundtrack of nameless rappers inserted at appropriate moments so that the white kids can know what its like to be African American.

My only positive comment on this whole debacle are the cars used in the film, not being a car enthusiast even I had to be quietly impressed by the rides in this film. Also this film is under the 2 hour mark a sign of a film that does know when its wearing out its welcome.

Hopefully with the resoundingly negative response xXx2 has currently received another sequel looks unlikely, as films like this are about as satisfying as a having your nose broken.


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