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NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons, fresh off the success of his last renegade recruitment, once again finds himself in need of an outsider. Gibbons and his new agent, also code-named "XXX," must track a dangerous military splinter group led by Willem Dafoe that is conspiring to overthrow the U.S. Government in the nation's capital.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average The storytelling is simplistic and uninteresting; there are no well-developed characters worth rooting for; the action sequences, although frequent, are perfunctory and uninspired; and the uneven tone varies from plodding to frenetic. There isn't a fresh moment in the entire 100-minute running time.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Did I enjoy this movie? Only in a dumb mindless way. It has whatever made the original 'XXX' entertaining, but a little less of it.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 101 moviegoer opinions. Teens, both male and female, loved XXX! The twentysomething groups also enjoyed it very much. Just a small percentage didn't care for it. Only about a third of adult males loved it. Fortunately most of the remaining opinions were "Very Good," which indicates an enjoyable, above average movie. And finally the adult females. Only a small percentage loved it. About half of the remaining opinions were "Very Good," which indicates that they enjoyed it. Unfortunately, almost half rated it just "Good" or "Fair." This is getting pretty low. For adult females I urge caution.
Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) is the
stalwart National Security Agency agent who guided operations in the original XXX. In
this new franchise installment, Gibbons and gadget expert Toby Lee Shavers (Michael
Roof), escape a deadly attack by unknown assailants on the NSA's XXX underground
Gibbons suspects the killers were sent by a radical, covert faction within the
government and is looking for a new special agent to smoke them out. This time,
Gibbons wants an experienced, well-trained military type with street credibility, who can
discover the source of the insurgency from within.
Unfortunately, the perfect man for the job is in jail.
He is Darius Stone (Ice Cube) and is currently under lockup in a military prison for
striking a superior officer. Gibbons aids in Stone's daring escape from prison and
convinces him to become a new XXX agent to stop the overthrow of the U.S.
At the White House, the centrist President Sanford (Peter Strauss ) butts heads with his
radical Secretary of Defense, George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), a former general with
past ties to both Gibbons and Stone. When Deckert attends a government gala, Stone
impersonates a waiter in the hope of overhearing insider information. At the fete he
meets Charlie Mayweather (Sunny Mabrey), the daughter of a Cabinet official who
ultimately helps Stone escape.
Stone is also being pursued by FBI agent Kyle Steele (Scott Speedman), an ambitious
up-and-comer who considers Stone a dangerous criminal. To aid him in his mission,
Stone turns to two old friends from his days on the streets of Washington D.C.: Lola
(Nona Gaye), a former flame who now owns a high-end car dealership, and Zeke
(Xzibit), a renegade chop-shop operator with access to both weaponry and personnel.
When President Sanford is kidnapped after a brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol, Stone
and his compatriots must unite to oppose one of the most formidable threats to
American freedom ever mounted, led by an enemy with the ultimate in modern
firepower and manpower at its disposal.