Film: xXx: State of the Union
xXx: State of the Union is a 2005 action movie starring Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson and Willem Dafoe. It is the sequel to 2002's xXx.The NSA headquarters is attacked by a mysterious team of special operatives. Agent Augustus Gibbons (Jackson) recruits another "xXx" agent to get to the bottom of the conspiracy—disgraced former U.S. Navy officer Darius Stone (Cube). It soon becomes clear that Secretary of Defense George Deckert (Dafoe) is planning to overthrow the U.S. government to stop the dismantlement of military bases which he feels will put the country in danger.
This film provides examples of:
- Army of Thieves and Whores: How do you get past the U.S. military and the Big Bad's traitorous elites? You gather up the local carjacking ring and arm them with heavy weapons.
- Artistic License – Military: The carrier, just to start. Ships don't drop anchor when they're docked. AT-4 shells don't go that slow or leave a smoke trail. And what were all those barrels on that tank?
- Artistic License – Physics: There's no way the car in the final scene would have the necessary traction to drive as fast or as fluidly as it does when it was riding train tracks on just its rims. When you see trucks do this in real life, they have a fold-up set of train wheels precisely for this purpose.
- Not to mention that from the various speed indicators on the train and car, the car should have overtaken the train at least a half dozen times during the chase.
- Chekhov's Skill: In the second movie, Stone is said to hold the Navy record in diving at 250 ft. Guess how he avoids death during the final showdown.
- Death Faked for You: Deckert does this for Gibbons, who he plans to use as a fall-guy later.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Happens to Xander.
- Dynamic Entry: A convoy of "hustlers and thieves" working for Gibbons and Stone mousehole their way across Washington DC, plowing through walls with their vehicles to bypass roadblocks around the city.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Stone and Steele are both former Navy SEALs.
- General Ripper: Deckert is a retired example, now being a Secretary of Defense Ripper.
- Genre Blind: Deckert poses the immortal question, "What can one man do?"
- The Greatest Story Never Told: As part of the cover up after the failed coup, Deckert is hailed as a hero who gave his life to save the President, while Stone quietly disappears and goes underground. He is given a commendation as a "nameless soldier", though.
- Informed Attribute: Darius being "tougher and nastier" than Xander Cage. Aside from seeing through Gibbons "lion speech", which does imply a certain degree of Genre Savviness, the only real difference between them is Darius having formal military training and being a lot more direct than Xander.
- Innocent Innuendo: After his prison escape, it's implied that Darius immediately sought out a woman to have sex with. But the camera reveals that all the slurping and the "Who's your daddy?" comments are just him ravaging a cheeseburger.
- Ironic Juxtaposition: The president's speech about taking a more diplomatic approach is intercut with Darius and the carjackers violently breaching the DC blockade.
- Legacy Character: xXx is a designation given to the NSA's best agents.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Deckert does this with Gibbons, making it look like he was killed in a gas explosion in his home. In fact, Gibbons isn't even dead.
- Moment Killer: Darius is about to get intimate with Lo, so Shavers chooses that moment to announce his success in hacking the DoD.
- Monumental Damage: A tank fires on the Capitol Building. Pretty minor compared to most examples, as it will only require a floor or two of structural repair on the outer wall, and maybe additional fire damage repair.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: Complete with Pre-Mortem One-Liner
- Shame If Something Happened: Deckert uses this as a vague threat against Kyle, noting that the house fire which supposedly killed Gibbons "could happen to anybody".
- Soft Water: Appears to be subverted as Darius specifically breaks the surface tension with an explosion, but there's no way he wouldn't die in real life, as Mythbusters confirmed, thus the trope is actually played straight.
- Take That:Darius: The fate of the free world in the hands of a bunch of hustlers and thieves.
Kyle: Why should tonight be any different?
- Tank Goodness: "Welcome to the first tank-jacking in history."
- Treachery Cover Up: The Secretary of Defense is given a hero's funeral despite his misdeeds.
- Up to Eleven: Stone is said to have made the highest dive in the Navy history at 250 ft. The current world record is 177 ft and it ended in serious injury like virtually all jumps from more than 150 ft.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Deckert believes he's protecting the country from a president whose foreign policies would leave it vulnerable to aggressors. It's clear the man is just extremely unhinged, though, no matter how well he hides it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the short film The Death of Xander Cage, Jordan King shows up from the first film as Xander's lover. The last we see of her is some of Cobb's men covering her mouth and shoving her into their getaway car, but what happens to her is never stated.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Gibbons tells Darius that he should have killed Charlie after knocking her out. Later on, Gibbons does it for him, and repeats himself.
- Written-In Absence: In another case of Poor Man's Substitute as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, Ice Cube gets the job previously held by Vin Diesel, and we're told that the Vin Diesel version has died in a jet-skiing accident. The end of the film even has the government already searching for a new one.