xXx: State of the Union 2005

XXX: State of the Union

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Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie, State of the Union is less inspired and technically competent than its predecessor.

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When the government finds out that a group of terrorists has infiltrated its ranks, and the group is being trained by high-ranking official George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) hires an ex-con to bring down the nefarious plot. Thinking he can trust no one in the government, Augustus springs Darius Stone (Ice Cube), who once trained under him, from prison. Although Darius is a loose cannon, Augustus is convinced he is the only man for the job.

Cast & Crew

Ice Cube
Darius Stone
Willem Dafoe
George Deckert
Scott Speedman
Agent Kyle Steele
Samuel L. Jackson
Agent Augustus Gibbons
Michael Roof
Agent Toby Lee Shavers
Rob Cohen
Executive Producer
Simon Kinberg
Screenwriter
Todd Garner
Executive Producer
Marco Beltrami
Original Music
David Tattersall
Cinematographer
Gavin Bocquet
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  • Jul 31, 2017
    Hollywood should know by now that if you dumb down a dumb film in the sequel you are heading for disappointment, There was lots of action and explosions but I found myself very bored and fading in and out of the film, The dialogue and acting was even worse this time round, The story was so predictable I had no love for it, I didn't mind too much that Ice Cube took the main role but he does nothing to make this a good movie, The first was goodish because it was dumb fun but this one is just dull and unimaginative.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2013
    Horrendous filmmaking, mainly the director who commissioned what is a terrible sequel to an already poor original film. The director has shown a poor eye for directing action films, just remember that special effects debacle of an opening for Along came a spider or the surfing scene in Die another day. This film fails in poor storyline and supporting cast who are just relentless and one dimensional. I'm gearing up to see the next film but I'm struggling after this one-two punch knockout franchise, how talents like Dafoe, Jackson and Foley joined this film is probably the central question after Diesel hated the scripts. I fell asleep 20 mins in and suffered through the remaining action film. Cube was a better lead than Diesel but the film crafted around him was beyond dull. I now understand the delay with the new sequel, a time when sequels rarely succeeded the originals. The film deserved to flop and I'm annoyed that a film of this size has horrible special effects. 07-05-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    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.
    Marc L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    Far superior to the first one (mostly....only because Vin Diesel isn't in it) ...This is the best rating it could hope for. So they should all be happy.
    Martin S Super Reviewer

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