More like 3 strikes...instead of Triple X
XXX – State of the Union
Starring: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: April 29th, 2005 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence and some language.
Plot: Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, is sent to Washington, DC to
diffuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.
I have to admit that I had not seen all of the first XXX, but after seeing the lack of interest by people to see this sequel for FREE, makes me wonder if this will be a watch in theatre, wait for video, or wait for TV kind of movie.
First off, there were all types of free food, drinks (even alcohol), candy, and most importantly free beer...I mean the free movie. Even with all of the freebies, they theatre was less than a ¼ filled.
The film started off ok but as it went on, the overall premise turned out to be lame. The poor attempt at humor was similar to those cheesy late eighties and early nineties Schwarzenegger one-liners. Some of the CGI was bad; especially some of the bullet train scenes and when Cube was chasing the train on the tracks (with the tires shredded off) at speeds of over 200mph…give me a break man. On a brighter note, the movie was filled with cool gadgets and phat rides. It was action packed from start to finish and I truly was not bored, wack plot and all. For entertainment value, this movie was not bad.
As for the acting, I wasn’t convinced that Ice Cube fit the tough guy super-duper navy seal role. He did not have as much edge as Vin Diesel, but I’m not saying that VD is good at acting. What happened to VD anyway, being a babysitter (The Pacifier) pays better than being in the XXX series? Throughout most of the movie, I thought the head NSA agent was that dude from Can’t Buy Me Love, but it was actually that Ben guy from Felicity (my old roommate used to watch it). This guy was a little over-the-top, so maybe Patrick Dempsey (CBML guy) could have played a more convincing part. Then there was Willem Dafoe, playing the bad guy in the movie. All I could think of was, “What’s the Green Goblin doing in this flick?” and then later into the film, “When is Spider Man going to come into frame to save this film?”.
Overall, I rate this 3 out of 10.