xXx: the Next Level

xXx: the Next Level

Lee Tamahori (2005)

96min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ice Cube replaces Vin Diesel for this second instalment in the thick-ear action franchise. Cube, the thinking man's Mr T, plays an imprisoned special ops soldier who's sprung by Samuel L Jackson's shadowy NSA agent to thwart Willem Dafoe's military coup against US President Peter Strauss. The plot blends Seven Days in May with a typical Bond film, say Die Another Day, which is coincidentally the work of xXx 2 director Lee Tamahori. It's not as good as either, despite one or two exciting set pieces, but it's entertaining enough for the video game generation who'll doubtless relish the fact that the last 20 minutes look exactly like something out of a PlayStation shoot 'em up. And one can only pity poor Mr Diesel, who reportedly priced himself out of this follow-up and is here dismissed with a perfunctory "he died last night in Bora Bora".

Summary

The American secretary of defence forms a covert military organisation with the intention of assassinating the president. A government spymaster is ready to foil the plot but, since his top agent is dead, he has to recruit an imprisoned soldier to help him. Action sequel, starring Ice Cube, Samuel L Jackson and Willem Dafoe.

Cast & Crew

XXX/Darius Stone Ice Cube
Agent Augustus Gibbons Samuel L Jackson
Gen George Octavius Deckert Willem Dafoe
Agent Kyle Steele Scott Speedman
President James Sanford Peter Strauss
Zeke Xzibit
Toby Lee Shavers Michael Roof
Charlie Sunny Mabrey
Director Lee Tamahori
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama