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xXx: State of the Union (2005)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 113

Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 28

Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie.



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A new renegade fighter rises to defend the United States from an internal threat in this action thriller. Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) of the National Security Agency has successfully dealt with a number of threats to America's safety, but he faces a whole new challenge when he discovers a potent terrorist cell that has ties to the upper levels of the American military. Gibbons learns that George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), the secretary of defense, has been training a secret military


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Simon Kinberg

Jul 26, 2005


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Explosions abound, along with expository dialogue and a ham-tastic triad of performances from Sam Jackson, Willem Dafoe, and Peter Strauss.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is that rare B movie that's rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation.

May 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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So devoid of craft, it looks as though it were filmed by robots.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A crisp adventure that grows increasingly audacious (the story climaxes with a huge battle waged in the Capitol) if only lightly enjoyable.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Its action scenes are too absurd and too computer-generated to produce any kind of rush. The dialogue, not just amateurish, fails even to approximate something resembling human interaction.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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In light of the cinematic abomination that is "XXX: State Of The Union," Vin Diesel made the right choice by refusing to do another "xXx" movie unless Rob Cohen continued to direct the franchise.

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June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comment (1)
Princeton Town Topics

Youngsters and action junkies won't mind the film's ridiculous gadgets, secret tunnels and hairsbreadth escapes, but everyone else will have to check credibility at the door.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Well, they sure blowed 'em up good in XXX: State of the Union. And they pimped many rides. XXX is a car nut's fantasy.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A big, dumb action film that exceeds low expectations.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

There's not a single scene in this film that doesn't provide at least one unintentional guffaw.

July 23, 2005 Full Review Source:

Delivers the no-thinking-required, over-the-top goods, with some surprising digs at the original film providing the icing on this tasty bit of cinematic junk food.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

The only similarity that Cube and Diesel share is that they both appear to have ditched their birth names and pulled their new ones out of a hat.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

You are supposed to walk away entertained, and I did.

June 6, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Até mesmo Vin Diesel, astro do pavoroso Operação Babá, percebeu que este projeto era ruim. Preciso dizer mais?

May 23, 2005 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

Viewed on its own trashy terms, it succeeds brilliantly.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

XXX: State Of The Union is an action movie for liberals, and as far as empowerment fantasies go, it's a hoot.

May 20, 2005 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

...remains nothing more than a nonsensical and noisy diversion that wallows in its glossed-over big-budgeted B-movie banality.

May 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Ice Cube makes an appealing lead and no-one ever mentions that he might be a little on the tubby side to really cut it as an action hero.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon unimaginative, derivative, and ultimately dull riff on the Bond series.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Not only is Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, he also our fattest (note: not "phatest") action hero. They should have named his character XXXL.

May 14, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

The result is so infantile it might as well be based on the doodles of 8-year-old schoolboys.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Aims low and hits the bull's-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

XXX: State of the Union falls flat because Lee Tamahori directs the action scenes with the grace of a bull in a china shop.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for xXx: State of the Union

An entertaining movie that doesnt have a lot going on but you can appreciate the action sequences not as good as the first but entertaining enough!
May 9, 2012
Film Crazy

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Not a bad film really, just run of the mill action flick that wouldn't look outta place from the 80's. A nice opening sequence that looks pretty smart and hi-tech, usual stuff packs the middle and it finishes on a VERY poor cgi looking finale.
A black man's 'James Bond' basically, but 'XXX/Bond' is a little chubby and porky in this sequel hehe not sure casting was correct with Ice Cube or whatever he calls himself.
May 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

Hmmm...Who should be the next xXx, a secret agent devoting his life to loyalty and honor with more skills than a Navy SEAL, Spetsnaz soldier, and KSK soldier combined. Oh I know! Let's get a gangster we found of the streets with no loyalty, no self control and no acting ability! Our enemies are screwed now!

So, what is the best thing about the movie? It's xXx. As bad as it is, it's still xXx. That means I can handle watching it...For about 20 min.(The movie is an hour forty minutes)

As for the bad, there is a lot of it. Ice Cube makes Shaq look like a good actor. I'll admit he's a good rapper but just because you can make a few decent songs doesn't mean you can act worth crap. He has pretty much no personality, apart from the occasional explosion.

But they couldn;t just take one crappy actor/rapper! No they had to take another one, in the form of Xzibit. Contrary to Ice Cube being a great rapper and a bad actor Xzibit happens to be a bad actor AND a bad rapper! 2 for the price of 1!

The whole premise of the movie is down right uncreative and ridiculous. The villain has murdered more people than our last war, but he NEVER get's caught for it? And why didn't Willem Defoe just kill Gibbons?! Then nothing would have stood in his way! And why is Ice Cube put under so little securaty. Do they REALIZE this is xXx?

But the worst part about it? They KILLED of the first xXx! You;re telling me Ice Cube has a better chance of surviving a maniacal dictator than Vin Diesel. No. Just No.

Ice Cube needs to learn to leave acting to actors. Not rappers, not athletes, actors.
May 20, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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A very poor sequel when the first was so good. Just looks wrong and the plot is laughable at times. Stick with the first.
April 3, 2011

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    1. Augustus Gibbons: I told you we should've killed that bitch.
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