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As cool as Cube



FORGET THE STORY: XXX-2

Diesel probably got a little too expensive for the mileage. And maybe the producers wanted something cooler for the summer. So they got Ice Cube!

Ice Cube as `XXX-2' is exactly the opposite of what Vin Diesel was.

He is not "some biker skateboarder boy" as someone refers to him in the sequel. Darius Stone (Ice Cube) is "more dangerous" than Xander (Vin Diesel) and "more attitude," as Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson) tells us. And, he uses his head unlike the other guy, as Stone says so himself.

Attitude, hell yes! "I want you to be the new XXX," says Gibbons. "XXX? Sounds like a porn star," says Stone.

When "XXX" was conceived the producers wanted to create a hero cooler than James Bond, someone the younger audiences can relate to.

A hero who was contemporary. They have succeeded in creating a hero the American youth will find cool.

Ice Cube is part of mainstream pop culture in America, a rap star who has written songs that will never ever be mentioned in these columns, thanks to the explicit lyrics.

The story can be written on an ice cube, because a few minutes into the movie, you can see it disappear. After an attack on the National Security Agency, Gibbons realises he needs a trustworthy old hand.

He summons Ice Cube, who is in jail for assaulting George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), the man who is now Secretary of Defence, and attempting to pull off the first coup in the history of America.

So Captain Vijayakanth style, Stone walks into a black neighbourhood for help, gets the `brothers' together and they head towards the White House.

"Welcome to the first tank-jack ever in history," he says as they take control and go all guns blazing in the White House, which is out of power supply currently, after Deckert pulls the plug!

If that is not funny enough, Deckert takes the President hostage in an underground Presidential bullet train with Stone chasing it in a car that the producers saved up from "The Fast and The Furious."

It is a fast-paced entertainer — with some mind-blowing action thrown in — but is full of corny punchlines and clichéd repartees.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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