XXX: STATE OF THE UNION

Dissing the Union

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Release Date: April 29, 2005

Starring: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson,
Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman,
and Peter Strauss

Genre: Spy Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 100 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Pictures Entertainment

Director: Lee Tamahori

Executive Producer: Todd Garner, Rob Cohen and
Derek Dauchy

Producer: Neal H. Moritz and Arne L.
Schmidt

Writer: Simon Kinberg

Address Comments To:

Sony Pictures Entertainment
Michael Lynton
Chairman and CEO
Amy Pascal
Chairman of Film Group
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(RoRo, PCPC, P, C, LLL, VVV, S, A, D, MM) Strong Romantic worldview with politically correct, self-contradictory liberal message (the positive president figure wants to lead by “compassion and understanding” and give “international aid” rather than have a strong military costing lots of money but the peacenik attitudes briefly expressed in his State of the Union and other speeches are undercut by the warlike mentality of the movie’s liberal hero and his boss), with a jaundiced view of America and its leaders implying that the country is usually led by “hustlers and thieves”, but some patriotism is expressed, in a vague liberal sense, and one priest at a funeral ceremony mentions “our savior” Jesus Christ; 27 mostly light obscenities (but one “f” word), five strong profanities, one light profanity in song over credits, and man sarcastically says, “God bless America”; lots of action violence (but not much blood or gore) such as many people shot to death by automatic weapon fire, explosions throw people’s bodies around, small missiles fire, hand to hand combat, people stabbed, point blank shootings, fire from explosions and such engulfs people, flying boat crunches police car (scattering police officers), tank smashes vehicles, tank catapulted into another tank causing big explosion, corpse with small bloody bullet hole, house explodes, car chases bullet train onto tracks and eventually gets torn away after hero crashes car into back of speeding train, hero painfully wounded in arm by knife, and female villain’s head hits wall which knocks her unconscious briefly; references to fornication in the past, couples lounge together in bar scene and a few sexual innuendoes; no nudity, but female cleavage shown; alcohol use; smoking; and, hero uses gang of auto thieves to stop military coup in Washington, D.C., hero links country music to white racists burning crosses (also implying that white southerners and conservatives, presumably including religious conservatives, are evil racists), implied moral relativism, villain who favors military spending frames hero and tries to frame hero’s new boss (all of them were in the same military unit years ago), song says “Fight the power!,” a rap song over the credits says “Power to the people” and “the people want peace,” and another song over the credits says, “The New World Order doesn’t need us.”

Summary:

XXX (“Triple X”): STATE OF THE UNION is a liberal spy thriller starring rapper Ice Cube as a former soldier, who becomes a street-wise spy hired to defeat a military coup in Washington, D.C. XXX: STATE OF THE UNION is outlandish, and often laughable, and its politically correct worldview is too offensive.

Review:

XXX (“Triple X”): STATE OF THE UNION is a liberal spy thriller starring rapper Ice Cube, who takes over from Vin Diesel who starred in the first XXX movie. Apparently, each XXX movie planned by Sony will feature a new XXX spy hero.

Ice Cube stars in the movie as Darius Stone, a former Navy Seal who’s serving a prison sentence after being framed by a general named Deckert, who’s now become the Secretary of Defense. (The Secretary is played by Willem Dafoe, who also played the villain in Sony’s first SPIDER-MAN movie.) When Deckert sends killers to destroy the secret XXX headquarters in Virginia, the head of the XXX spy bureau, Augustus Gibbons (played by Samuel L. Jackson), breaks Darius out of prison to hire him as the new XXX spy.

Gibbons asks the new XXX to find out who’s behind the plot to destroy the XXX bureau. After much derring do, XXX discovers that Deckert is planning to stage a coup against the president, who’s preaching peace and unilateral military disarmament. XXX goes into action to stop Deckert’s evil plan. In the final battle, XXX enlists his former homeboys from the auto theft ring he helped manage in the nation’s capitol before he turned around his life and joined the armed forces. XXX thinks it’s ironic that these “hustlers and thieves” will be the army he needs to help protect the union.

Lately, there’s usually been at least one positive Christian reference in Ice Cube’s recent movies. Such is the case with the new XXX movie, which includes a short funeral scene with a priest mentioning “our savior.” The rest of the movie, however, features a liberal Romantic worldview with politically correct elements. For example, the movie has a jaundiced view of the Unites States. At one point, after Ice Cube talks about getting the auto theft ring to help him fight Deckert’s army, a character jokes about the United States usually being run by “hustlers and thieves.” At another point, XXX links country music to KKK members burning crosses. Apparently, according to the filmmakers, all white southerners and conservatives, including religious conservatives and those who love country music, are evil racists. Furthermore, the movie’s main villain, the evil, duplicitous Secretary of Defense, is a man who favors military spending and opposes the president’s unrealistic new policy to cut military spending so that the federal government can increase “international aid” and spread “understanding and compassion” around the world instead of “isolationism.” Ultimately, the movie’s hip hop street attitude and politically correct values will mislead the domestic teenage audience and the overseas audience about the character of American society and the United States government. This is true even though the movie does not have the really harsh language and nudity in so many of today’s hip hop songs and videos, especially the gangsta rap variety.

On an entertainment level, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION is outlandish, and often laughable. Although he has shown that he can handle comedy and drama, Ice Cube is over-the-top as the hardened hero. He grimaces his way through the action scenes as if he has a painful stomach ache. The stomach ache must be because of the movie’s silly, politically correct script and the makeshift, boring direction.

In Brief:

XXX (“Triple X”): STATE OF THE UNION is a liberal spy thriller starring rapper Ice Cube, who takes over Vin Diesel's role from the first XXX movie. Ice Cube plays Darius Stone, a soldier serving a prison sentence after being framed by a general named Deckert, who’s now the Secretary of Defense. When Deckert sends killers to destroy the secret XXX headquarters, the head of the XXX spy bureau breaks Darius out of prison to hire him as the new XXX spy. XXX discovers that Deckert is planning to stage a coup against the president, who’s preaching peace and unilateral military disarmament. Using his former homeboys from the auto theft ring he ran before joining the Navy, XXX goes into action to stop Deckert’s evil plan.

XXX: STATE OF THE UNION is outlandish, and often laughable. Although he can handle comedy and drama, Ice Cube is over-the-top as the hardened hero. He grimaces his way through the action scenes as if he has a painful stomach ache. His pained expression must be because of the movie’s silly, politically correct story, which will mislead its likely audience about the character of America.