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xXx: State of the Union (2005)

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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

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 »


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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 this movie, becoming xXx3. See more »

Goofs

There is no "West side" or "South side" to Washington, DC. The best parallel to the "South Side" as referred to in the movie would be Southeast Washington. And the best parallel to the "West Side" would be Georgetown. See more »

Quotes

[to Gibbons]
Gen. George Octavius Deckert: I don't know what's more pathetic - a man that plays chess with himself, or a man that doesn't see he's already lost.
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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

References Live and Let Die (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Get XXX'd
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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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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