XXX: State of the Union

XXX: State of the Union

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Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Lee Tamahori, Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman

     
 

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A new renegade fighter rises to defend the United States from an internal threat in this action thriller. Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) of the National Security Agency has successfully dealt with a number of threats to America's safety, but he faces a whole new challenge when he discovers a potent terrorist cell that has ties to the upper levels of the American… See more details below

Overview

A new renegade fighter rises to defend the United States from an internal threat in this action thriller. Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) of the National Security Agency has successfully dealt with a number of threats to America's safety, but he faces a whole new challenge when he discovers a potent terrorist cell that has ties to the upper levels of the American military. Gibbons learns that George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), the secretary of defense, has been training a secret military faction to stage a coup against the United States by kidnapping and assassinating the president of the United States (Peter Strauss). Convinced there's no one he can trust within his circle of operatives, Gibbons turns to Darius Stone (Ice Cube), currently serving time in a maximum security penitentiary. Stone once served with Gibbons in the Army, and also took part in a mutiny against Deckert; despite his reckless side, Gibbons is certain Stone's fearless nature and peerless fighting skills make him the one man who can take on Deckert and his troops. XXX: State of the Union is the sequel to the 2002 hit XXX, though neither star Vin Diesel nor his character, Xander Cage, appear in this picture.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This supercharged sequel to the blockbuster action film of 2002 replaces Vin Diesel with Ice Cube, but most viewers will be hard pressed to tell the difference. It's got the same driving pace, just as much action, even more elaborate weaponry, and, perhaps most welcome, some snarky humor as well. Ice Cube plays Darius Stone, a former special-ops soldier imprisoned for transgressions against his superiors. NSA agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), once again in need of a covert operative outside "the system," recruits Darius to foil a planned takeover of the government by rogue military forces. What neither of them knows is that the mastermind behind this plot is General George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), a highly decorated officer who believes President James Sanford (Peter Strauss) too weak to deal with challenges from international enemies. Director Lee Tamahori steers this testosterone-fueled juggernaut with admirable skill, establishing plot points with a bare minimum of detail to allow more time for a succession of pulse-pounding action sequences. The story gets underway with a bang as Gibbons's operation is decimated in a surprise attack. From that point the pace seldom flags, and although there's no significant female presence, the story really doesn't need one. Erstwhile rapper Ice Cube, nicely buffed for this physically demanding role, makes a surprisingly effective and believable action star -- which, ultimately, is the key to State's success.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
UPC:
0043396102064
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker's commentary; Deleted scenes; Visual effects commentary; Documentary 'From Convict to Hero: The Making of 'xXx: State of the Union"; Top secret military warehouse xXx: According to Ice Cube; Bullet train breakdown

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ice Cube Darius Stone,XXX/Darius Stone
Willem Dafoe Secretary of Defense George Deckert
Scott Speedman Agent Kyle Steele
Peter Strauss President Sandford
Samuel L. Jackson Augustus Gibbons
Michael Roof Toby Lee Shavers
Sunny Mabrey Charlie Mayweather
Xzibit Zeke
Nona Gaye Lola
John G. Connolly Lt. Alabama "Bama" Cobb

Technical Credits
Lee Tamahori Director
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Derek Dauchy Executive Producer
Kristen Davis Set Decoration/Design
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Darren Higman Musical Direction/Supervision
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Simon Kinberg Screenwriter
Todd E. Miller Editor
Mark Mitchler Set Decoration/Design
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Brad Ricker Art Director
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Arne Schmidt Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Rich Wilkes Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:00]
2. A New Direction [:00]
3. Inmate 3655 [:00]
4. What Every Man Needs [:00]
5. "My Soldiers Stay Eternal." [:00]
6. Mission Accomplished [:00]
7. The History of Darius [:00]
8. Deckert's Villainy [:00]
9. Charlie & The Reverend [:23]
10. The Guest of Honor [6:05]
11. Set-Up [1:05]
12. Outnumbered & Outgunned [6:00]
13. Building an Army [2:10]
14. Stone's Old Unit [4:52]
15. Carrier Assault [4:56]
16. Perfect Cover [1:35]
17. The Cleanest Revolution [4:00]
18. A Truck Full of Cheese [5:53]
19. Framing Gibbons [3:09]
20. State of the Union [4:05]
21. Lights Out [3:03]
22. Battle for the Capitol Bldg. [3:28]
23. Clean Up [2:42]
24. Fast Exit [4:51]
25. Bullet Train [2:41]
26. Lighten Up [3:41]
27. Presidential Transport [4:33]
28. The Good Life [1:23]

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