xXx: State of the Union ★★½

This was actually surprisingly entertaining for a rather silly action film. More ludicrous plotting and another starring role for an actor who has just the one facial expression, this was better than the first XXX that starred that acting titan Vin "can you get me a tighter shirt" Diesel.
Samuel L returned to the fold for this sequel in name only. Gone was Vin, gone was any, (if there was any) plausibility for a story-line that gave director Lee Tamahori the chance to spend his sizable budget on explosion after explosion. And he does that, again and again. That's not to say there isn't the odd good action sequence or stunt, there is, it's just a little dull. Ice Cube (what a stupid fucking name) looks a little podgy around the midriff for a former SEAL, and with all his former friends from the neighborhood being criminals, this doesn't send out a very encouraging portrait of his community. In fact if this guys the savior of the Pres and the country then god help them. It's big, it's brash, it's dumb and wastes the talents of both Willem Dafoe and Tamahori who isn't normally as shit as this.