4.3/10
54,623
218 user 82 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(characters),
Reviews
Popularity
1,875 ( 1,051)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

xXx (2002)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director: Clark Johnson
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Zeke
...
Michael Roof ...
...
...
...
Lt. Alabama 'Bama' Cobb (as John G. Connolly)
...
Agent Meadows (as Ramón De Ocampo)
...
Bull
Michael Don Evans ...
Conductor
...
Agent
...
General Jack Pettibone
Edit

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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Prepare for the next level See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

xXx Squared  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£920,506 (UK) (29 April 2005)

Gross:

$26,082,914 (USA) (27 May 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the end of the film, Stone uses the phrase 'Son of a bitch stole my line' in response to the Presidents speech. Stone's response was in fact used before - by Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (1997). See more »

Goofs

When surrounded in the general's house, he cuts the power at the main circuit box, but then uses the microwave and the refrigerator light comes on when he opens the fridge. See more »

Quotes

Darius Stone: [Darius is waiting for Toby to hack into the Dept. of Defense at Lola's car shop. Lola is waiting with them] You know, you don't have to wait up.
Lola Jackson: You think I'd leave you alone with my car?
See more »


Soundtracks

Here We Go
Written by Jermany James and Timothy Z. Mosely
Performed by Dirtbag
Courtesy of Violator Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Needs better action-directing
19 April 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See 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.


67 of 118 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?