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XXX 2 (2005)

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XXX 2 Rated PG-13 ; running time of 105 minutes
Genre: Action
Written By: Simon Kinberg
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman, Peter Strauss, Nona Gaye, Sunny Mabrey

WARNING- SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Still in charge of the NSA is Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) and it comes as no surprise that heís still as hardened as ever. What does come as a surprise, however, is the attack on his super secret headquarters. This attack renders his organization useless. 17 agents are killed, including, Xander Cage, and he left to fend for himself with only a super duper car and the agencyís ďmad scientistĒ -Toby (Michael Roof) Ė the guy who makes all of the gadgets and what not.

Very quickly it becomes obvious that he is now the target and Augustus realizes that he canít make It on his own. This leads him to the only person who can help him out. Someone who walks on the very edge of legal and illegal and someone who wants nothing to so with him Ė Darius Stone ( Ice Cube). Darius has been in jail for 8 years and is not in a good mood. Darius was a member of Augustus team when they there were still in the service. Due to a misunderstanding, Darius believes that Augustus left him out to dry, and therefore he has no love for Augustus. And there isnít anything he can do to convince him to help him, short of the truth.

Well Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) tells him the truth and it ainít pretty. Someone is killing up all the agents and it looks like an inside job so Darius has to work on the outside. He recruits the help of his old flame, Lola (Nona Gaye) and her expertise in cars. He also recruits his old running buddy Zeke, (Xzibit). Between the two of them, they have all the cars and people they need and Toby can create the firepower. They also have an investigator, Agent Steele, (Scott Speedman) who is working for the Secretary of Defense (played by Wilem Dafoe) to get to the bottom of what happened and he is not liking what he is finding out. Given all of this, they are ready to roll. But how ready are you when you are going up against the U.S. government?

The Dish

I really enjoyed myself during this movie. And isnít that all itís supposed to be about with these kinds of flicks? You are supposed to walk away entertained, and I did. The special effects were pretty damn cool. There was eye candy for the women and men. There was humor sprinkled throughout. And even though the plot is so impossible it borders on comedy, I still cared about what was going on with the characters.

I really like Mr. Jackson as Augustus Gibbons. He gets to run after and shoot bad guys. He gets to drive a souped up car. Heís close to an action hero and think that is very cool.

Ice Cube was a great choice for the new XXX. I canít wait to see who takes on the role next.

Look folks, this is a typical ďSummer MovieĒ just go and enjoy yourself, like I did. If I had to point out some issues I had with it, Iíd say that Wilem Dafoe is a bit to much over the top and Nona Gaye didnít seem too engaged. She was supposed to be o so passionate about cars that if the car were a man, she would sleep with it. I never got that from her. On screen, she appeared to be just going through the motions. Understand that Iíve loved her work for a long time. I thought she was robbed when no one recognized the job she did in Ali. This time however, I donít think she brought her ďAĒ game.

The Directive

XXX 2 is a lot of fun. And if you liked the first one then this is a must see for you.

Green light

XXX 2 is twice as fun as the first one. I canít wait for number 3.


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