xXx: the Next Level

  • 12
  • Lee Tamahori (2005)
  • US
  • 96 min
xXx: the Next Level
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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".

Plot Summary

Spy thriller sequel starring Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe and Samuel L Jackson. When a devious general threatens to overthrow the government, US Intelligence chief Augustus Gibbons concocts the perfect solution - recruit dangerous renegade Darius Stone as the new secret agent XXX.

Cast and crew

Cast

"XXX", Darius Stone
Ice Cube
Secretary of Defense General George Octavius Deckert
Willem Dafoe
Augustus Gibbons
Samuel L Jackson
Agent Kyle Steele
Scott Speedman
Zeke
Xzibit
President James Sanford
Peter Strauss
Lola Jackson
Nona Gaye
Charlie Mayweather
Sunny Mabrey
Toby Lee Shavers
Michael Roof

Crew

Director
Lee Tamahori

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Apr 2005
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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