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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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With the exception of shooting scenes at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and the Ronald Reagan Building, most of the scenes taking place in Washington, D.C. were shot on soundstages including the main chamber of Congress, which was thirty feet high, and four hundred fifty feet long. It was so good, that representatives of The West Wing (1999) expressed interest in buying it. See more »

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When Steele and Darius are discussing the presidential chain of command, Steele says, "President, VP, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State..." as the chain of command to leave the Secretary of Defense as President. That skips President pro tempore of the Senate (after Speaker of the House) and Secretary of the Treasury (after Secretary of State) so it would require six leaders be assassinated, not "just" four. See more »

Quotes

Toby Lee Shavers: You want me to hack in? Into The U.S. Department of Defense? We're talking 500 acres of hardware. Cray supercomputers, encryption chips, not to mention more firewalls than the NSA, CIA and the IRS combined.
Darius Stone: Exactly.
[hands his bag of chips to Lola]
Toby Lee Shavers: Hold my chips.
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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

Follows xXx (2002) See more »

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Written by Jerrell Jones, Petey Pablo (as Moses Barrett III), Ebony Eyez (as Ebony Williams) and Mark Williams and Joe Kent
Produced by The Trackboyz
Performed by J-Kwon featuring Petey Pablo and Ebony Eyez
Courtesy of So So Def
Petey Pablo appears courtesy of Jive Records
Ebony Eyez appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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Best comedy of the year......for all the wrong reasons
7 May 2005 | by Pyromk1See all my reviews

If you're thinking of seeing this, stop just a minute. What could you do with the two hours of your life that this is likely to take up? You could write a short story, you could do a drawing, you could father some children or you could remove your own intestines with a rusty spoon. All of these activities would be a lot more worthwhile than seeing xXx 2: State of the union (or :The Next Level if you live in Blighty like me). I went to see this with high hopes that it would be another xXx... A mindless American James Bond Movie just without the class (sorry if i offend anyone by that, but thats is essentially what xXx was). But I was so wrong.The film opened promisingly, showing something that wasn't what it seemed, but despite this being a film about setups and double crosses that was possibly the best plot twist in the whole film. The film rapidly descends into cliché after cliché (the script seems to have been created by entering lots of clichéd lines into a computer and programming it to spit them out randomly). The plot is riddled with holes which leave you wondering what just happened and was it significant, then later on you find out that it wasn't. In terms of acting Ice Cube is brilliant....at saying every line in exactly the same way. The great Samuel L gives an average performance but he could have just telephoned his lines in and it wouldn't really have made much difference. Willem Dafoe give us a generic bad guy performance. Scott Speedman does quite a good job as the investigative NSA agent despite being dangled from a helicopter, but this role is unlikely to get him very far in terms of his career. Lets get down to the important part now. If its an action movie, it needs good and original action sequences right...not if you're working on xXx2. Basically, things go boom and guns go bang, but we're not given anything really new here and there aren't really enough credible action sequences to keep the audience hooked. The train sequence towards the end of the film looks terrible, like something out of a Playstation game. The CGI falls flat on its face making the films action sequences loose credibility. one thing that confused me was who this was aimed at. by having a Black main character and featuring lots of black characters I thought maybe it could be trying to get a larger black audience. But nearly every black character is a stereotype of black 'Gangsta' culture. There is a line where xXx says "I was born looking guilty" but this is lost when the rest of the black characters are portrayed as crooks and thugs... in positive light! what kind of thing is this movie trying to say? I just gave up trying to read into it as I realised, there is nothing to read into, it is a very shallow, badly written, badly acted, badly produced action yarn. So bad in fact that I was actually laughing most of the way through... Best comedy of the year.


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