Review Date: June 18, 2000
Director: John Singleton
Writer: R. Price, J. Singleton, S. Salerno
Producers: Scott Rudin and John Singleton
Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft
Christian Bale as Walter Williams
Jeffrey Wright as Peoples Hernandez
Don't get me wrong, the story was actually pretty interesting, but not really anything to get worked up about. In fact, there were even a couple of plot holes which I let slide because of the whole kickass attitude of the film itself. I gotta give it to Singleton, who seemed to have been slacking according to crappy media reports from the set, he managed to create a fun, quick-paced film here, although more reminiscent of last year's PAYBACK (8/10) than the original SHAFT film. In fact, like most everyone who saw this flick, I was quite disappointed with the lack of girl-play for Shaft, and certainly would've appreciated more sexual innuendo and even more profanity. I mean, this is Shaft for God's sakes...the baddest mutha on the streets! Let him loose! But those are just little qualms within the bigger picture which truly did keep me entertained throughout. In fact, the performance from Jeffrey Wright alone is worth the price of admission. He pulls off one of the most over-the-top Tony Montana impressions since Pacino ate it up himself in 1983's SCARFACE. In fact, his character makes the Benicio Del Toro character from THE USUAL SUSPECTS actually sound coherent.
All in all, a fun reincarnation of a classic blaxploitation film whose funky, slick score is as big a part of the movie as the action itself. Now, shut yer mouth and go see this movie!