XXX - State of the Union (Widescreen Edition) (2005)
Front Cover Actor
Ice Cube XXX/Darius Stone
Samuel L. Jackson Agent Augustus Gibbons
Willem Dafoe Gen. George Octavius Deckert
Scott Speedman Agent Kyle Steele
Peter Strauss President James Sanford
Xzibit Zeke
Michael Roof Toby Lee Shavers
Sunny Mabrey Charlie
Nona Gaye Lola Jackson
John G. Connolly Lt. Alabama 'Bama' Cobb
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Crime; Thriller
Director Lee Tamahori
Producer Arne Schmidt
Writer Rich Wilkes; Simon Kinberg
Studio Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 1 hr 41 mins
Country USA
Color Color
With a core audience of gameboys and hot-rodders aged 25 and under, xXx: State of the Union is the kind of action movie that requires literally no thought to enjoy. With Vin Diesel's original character just killed in Bora Bora (for details, see the uncensored unrated director's cut of xXx), Ice Cube steps in to play bad-ass, and the whole franchise takes on a hip-hop edge that's almost admirably absurd. The asinine plot is anarchy in Washington, D.C., as an insanely hawkish Secretary of State (Willem Dafoe) plots a Capitol coup just as the President (Peter Strauss, playing it straight) is giving his state-of-the-union address. All of this is prefaced by Cube's recruitment as a former Navy SEAL turned new-xXx, escaping from jail (Dafoe's character put him there), hooking up with an old flame who runs a chop-shop full of the world's hottest wheels, and reuniting with his old commander (Samuel L. Jackson) for a bullet-train climax that feels like Mission Impossible Lite. You could argue that Diesel's the smartest guy in the franchise for cashing out early, but xXx: State of the Union gets the job done in passable fashion, with action veteran Lee Tamahori delivering the goods while he waits for a grown-up script to come along. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
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Index 1563
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/05
Purchase Price $17.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.40:1
UPC 043396102064
Release Date 7/26/05
Subtitles English; French
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby