xXx State of the Union: funny and fun

August 22nd, 2007

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It's one thing to put Vin Diesel in an extremely explosive action movie with a lousy plot. He may not look much like a field agent, but he is rough and he's definitely crazy enough to do anything. But Ice Cube as a marine takes the cake.

If you're looking for some mindless action, this is a fun movie. The whole time I'm expecting Ice Cube to start rapping, but somehow he resists the urge. Instead he's shooting guns, jumping, running, fighting, all rather clumsily. And he's not very bright for an agent, none of his sentences are longer than 7 words, none of the words more than 3 syllables, it's such a spectacle.

His foe is played by Willem Dafoe, who really isn't a good actor at all. He's the typical minor part actor you've seen in a ton of mediocre parts, so his lead role is somewhat surprising. Then again, Ice Cube..

The opening sequence tells you all about what kind of movie this is. A squad of professional killers breaks into a super secret NSA facility.... underneath a farm. Samuel L. Jackson, who regrettably doesn't play a big role, is the only one to make it out alive in a modded hot rod, along with his geek-of-the-movie companion. Whom I have to say is a breath of fresh from the typical geek, he's not a teenager, he doesn't talk in puns, and he wears a flannel shirt.

Then they go to pick up Ice Cube, who of course, is in jail. After a break neck escape he jumps off a roof... grabbing onto the chopper piloted by Sammy. A poetic move. Then they go get some wheels, where Ice Cube unveils the most ridiculous ride ever, a truck the height of two cars. Well you can imagine how this movie unfolds...

Don't miss the hilarious scene where Ice Cube and his band of thugs break into a tank and cruise to the White House in it.

"Did the president of the United States just quote 2 Pac?"

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