XXX: State of the Union
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XXX is back, and he has even more attitude. He does things his way. No one can tell him what to do. What was that? Did he just quote 2-Pac? Damn, is there no stopping his attitude?!?
Ok, my sarcasm is done now. This is the new XXX: State of the Union. Did we need a sequel to god awful Vin Diesel original? The answer is, of course not.
When the NSA is attacked by soldiers with top of the line weaponry, Samuel Jackson goes looking for a new XXX. He doesn’t go for Vin Diesel, of course. No, this is a job for someone more intense. Someone with more attitude. Someone like Ice Cube. With Ice Cube unleashed, it is up to him to stop the sad attempt of a plot. There were a few attempts to add some sort of plot twist, but how can you twist something that does not exist?
I’ve mentioned the word “attitude” a lot in this review so far. Why? Well, because this movie shoves it down your throat. This whole movie is about how tough Ice Cube is, or I should say his character Darius Stone. I can only just picture it now....
Old woman: “Excuse me young man. May I trouble you for the time?”
Bam!! XXX just hits the lady in the eye.
XXX: “Time to buy a watch. Don’t you know that I have attitude? I’m XXX bitch!”
Ok, so this did not happen. It might have well as though. Why, because he’s XXX. One bad mother.... shut your mouth.
Not only is the acting, plot, and dialogue horrendous, but so are the computer FX. Watching XXX take a Cobra convertible on a train track, looked more like a scene from the game Need for Speed Underground.
Am I harsh on this movie? Yes, of course. Are you shocked that this is a bad movie? Of course not. If you’ve seen the original, then you know what you are getting into. This is a bad movie, but that should be common sense. The only good thing that I can comment on is Willem Dafoe. He does a good job of playing the same bad guy that he does in every movie.
This movie should have went straight to video. Substitute Ice Cube for Casper Van Dien, and there you go. This makes the original look like Die Hard. If you are into mind numbing, Cinemax-late-night, action movies, then you may like this. If you care about plot or anything that makes a movie good, then you will want to skip this.
I give this movie two cans for mind numbing action. As a movie it stank. For a straight to video drunken night alone, it may have some value. After a case you won’t care about a plot anyway.
Added: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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