Well, they sure blowed 'em up good in XXX: State of the Union. And they pimped many rides; in fact, one main character is played by Xzibit, the rapper and host of MTV's Pimp My Ride. XXX is a car-nut's fantasy. The characters sneak about the Capitol in a chameleon GTO with a trick body kit, a Shelby Mustang, and an array of Humvees and Explorers. All have fancy wheels, loud exhausts and tinted windows. The police and intelligence organizations seem not to notice.

In trying to describe this non-stop action extravaganza, I'm reminded of a college newspaper reviewer who declared a James Bond film "too unrealistic to be believed." But that's exactly the point, isn't it? In its defense, XXX has few aspirations to provide believable dialogue or character arc. Plot is almost entirely ignored. The improbable action scenes make Spider-Man seem like everyday reality.

Ice Cube plays a stereotypical thug in the lead role

Ice Cube plays a stereotypical thug in the lead role

In this second installment of the XXX franchise, Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as NSA super-agent Augustus Gibbons. He discovers a nefarious plot within the National Security Agency to overthrow the government. Given the grave threat to the President's administration and his very life, Gibbons must find an operative worthy of the XXX title. Somebody has to save the nation! Think of the suave 007, with his understated British aplomb replaced by a streetwise special forces commando. The stodgy weapons officer, Q, has been replaced by Zeke (Xzibit), a gangster who steals and pimps out high-end cars "from the same neighborhood as the White House!"

Gibbons finds his man in prison. Darius Stone (Ice Cube) has been languishing in a cell for nine years, having been betrayed and railroaded by political chicanery. He's not in a patriotic mood, but the chance to get out of prison, ...

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XXX: State of the Union
Our Rating
1 Star - Weak
Average Rating
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sequences of intense action violence and some language)
Directed By
Lee Tamahori
Run Time
1 hour 41 minutes
Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, Scott Speedman
Theatre Release
April 29, 2005 by Columbia Pictures
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