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XXX - State of the Union (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Ice Cube , Samuel L. Jackson , Lee Tamahori  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Xzibit
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: Rich Wilkes, Simon Kinberg
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Derek Dauchy, Neal H. Moritz, Rob Cohen, Todd Garner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5JS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "XXX - State of the Union (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • From Convict to Hero - The Making of xXx: State of the Union Featurette
  • Top Secret Military Warehouse Featurette
  • xXx: According to Ice Cube Featurette
  • Director Lee Tamahori's Commentary
  • Visual Effects Commentary
  • 4 Bullet Train Breakdown Angles with director Lee Tamahori's introduction
  • Previews

Editorial Reviews

In this action-packed sequel to the box-office smash xXx, Ice Cube stars as Darius Stone, a thrill-seeking troublemaker whose criminal record and extreme sports obsession make him the perfect candidate to be the newest xXx agent. He must save the U.S. government from a deadly conspiracy led by five-star general and Secretary of Defense George Deckert (played by Willem Dafoe). Only a renegade xXx agent like Stone has the Xtreme skills to stop Deckert's dangerous military splinter group from taking over the government in America's capital.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to ruin a movie series in a single film September 4, 2005
Format:DVD
It may be too early to make a final judgment, but overall I am optimistic when looking at the state of the movies in 2005. Others may talk of declining box office, but I see a rosier picture when it appears that the audience is becoming more discerning. Derivative action flicks like Stealth stumble out of the gate, and not long ago, the same happened with the sequel to XXX.

Subtitled "State of the Union," XXX 2 is merely an excuse to watch things blow up. There are the vestiges of a plot involving a coup attempt by the Secretary of Defense, but the story is merely an excuse to get from one silly incident to the next. What's the most inane scene in this movie: the ludicrous prison escape or the final battle sequence which involves the recruiting of a bunch of gang members who all apparently never do drugs and have a vague sense of patriotism? There are probably a dozen other choices.

The intent of the original movie was to showcase extreme sports in a James Bond parody, and it was quite successful. With Vin Diesel's replacement (a perpetually scowling Ice Cube) an ex-SEAL, we basically lose what made the first movie original. Instead, we get a clichéd action flick that has been done better dozens of times.

So maybe movie audiences are getting better at recognizing garbage when it comes out, and maybe that in turn will lead to better movies. Yeah, right.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Action Film!!! April 29, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I don't get all the bad ratings, because I thought this was a great sequel. It has plenty of action, special effects, and comedy. Ice Cube breathes new life into the xXx series. When Xander Cage and many other spies are killed in action, Agent Augustus Gibbons needs a new xXx that's tougher and with more attitude. He hires an inmate who is a former US Navy SEAL named Darius Stone to travel to Washington D.C. and track down military men who try to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by a corrupt Secretary of Defense named George Deckert. Deckert plans on assassinating the President while he is making the State of the Union Address. While the new xXx and his team be able to stop him? I highly recommend XXX: STATE OF THE UNION!!!
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RDDB's...State of Hollywood August 1, 2005
Format:DVD
I was a real fan of the original tripple X. Finally, we had a spy, although unlikely, was a bit more believable than Bond. The plot, other than a comic book type crazed killer, was intruigeing, the tempo was beyond belief, the sound track was good, and the hero was a stand-up guy. I liked the concept of a protagonist that began as a self-centered thrill seeker who gradually turned into someone that saw true evil and decided it was up to himself to make things right.

I was anxious for a sequal, and upon the previews, wondered why Vin did not return. After seeing the film, I soon discovered why (he most likely vomited while reading the script).

The film started with a gripping plot. Gibbon's (Samuel Jackson) branch of the NSA is attacked by unknown high-tech assailents. Most of the branch (made up of Gibbon's military team)has or is in the process of being assasinated. Gibbons decides to go further out of the box, and recruit a member of his former SEAL team (Ice Cube), who is currently searving time in military prison (for insubordination and punching his commander, portrayed by William DeFoe). A prison break is exicuted, and Ice Cube becomes the new xXx.

From therein, the plot and Ice Cube's charactor becomes downright offensive. In a nutshell, William DeFoe's charactor is planning to unseat the president...why? Because the president is a Clintonista liberal who wants to understaaaaand our enemies, turning the other cheek to attacks and showering them with aid. The "evil" DeFoe, instead, wants to strengthen the military enough to be able to properly defend the country (this is evil?!? Apparently so, and why terrorist attacks seem to continue.) DeFoe's charactor believes the only way to do this is to enact a small coup on the capitol building.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, loud, expensive BORE! August 12, 2005
Format:DVD
When you sit down to watch a movie like XXX: State of the Union, you know you won't be seeing CITIZEN KANE, or even DIE HARD. You expect fast, silly, explosive action. Not a lot of exposition, not a lot of rich characterization. And on that count, XXX II succeeds. Unfortunately, it is also a hamfisted bore.

There are plenty of explosions, guns-firing, & cars and boats doing ridiculous things. All well and good. Sounds like a James Bond movie (which, you may remember, the original XXX was supposed to be...a Bond for this generation. Ironically, the "old-school" Bond still does better.). But where Bond movies have some charm, some energy and some originality (the silliness factor in Bond movies is always overshadowed by the "how did they think of that" factor), XXX seems confused and needlessly loud. And one of the biggest stunts, involving a speedboat jumping onto a bridge of car traffic comes right from LIVE AND LET DIE...a Bond flick that's what, 30 YEARS OLD? Yes, this movie has a more throbbing sound mix, better crunching of innocent cars, but the basic idea for the stunt has a very tired feel...as does its execution.

The story, about how the Secretary of Defense is planning a coup in which he'll overthrow the compromise-with-terrorists-minded president wants to be thrilling and high-stakes. But not for one minute is the method for accomplishing this overthrow of government believable. An action movie of this ilk MUST make us suspend our disbelief. We never say to ourselves..."yeah, this could happen." But we should say, "I'm gonna enjoy this and see where it takes us." In XXX, the best I usually mustered was..."it's gotta get better, right?"

But plot concerns aside, the movie isn't even fun on an "actors having fun" level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie to watch
i just got it today and after i got it i watched it and i finished it today i really like that the movie i like it because of the guns that ice cube uses and i also like ice cube... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rossphillips
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok movie
I am not a real big fan of this movie sequel. The first one with Vin Diesel was a much better film as far as I'm concerned.
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Hively
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
the movie has a lot of red color in it. It is intriguing to me somehow. I enjoy the military part of it. A plus
Published 6 months ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosions
Ok, first these ninjas invade this secret base and blow it all to hell but Samuel Jackson escapes and then Ice Cube escapes from prison and they have to figure out what is going on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by spejic
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Movie
Ice Cube? Really? An action star? Just on that premise alone I didn't have high hopes for this movie but I gave it a shot anyway. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ILoveTheUSA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
I thought this was a great sequel. It has plenty of action, special effects, and comedy. Ice Cube breathes new life into the xXx series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alexander G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
XXX: State of the Union isn't as good as the original but still a good movie to watch! Buy it to complete the XXX series
Published 13 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Action packed, great stunts, cars and trucks, cool underground headquarters. special government buildings. Our six year old son has watched it 171/2 times in the past three weeks.
Published 13 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars My Video
Normally sequels don't out perform the originals no offense to Vin Diesel but State of the Union with Cube as XXX Perfect script, cast, direction. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Benjamin J. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars good
We are very satisfied due to getting it in a reasonable fast time!!!! Disk and disk cover in good shape!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Megan Rawlinson
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