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Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: She might get scared and hold you or maybe just wonder why you can't be so bad-ass.
Date Movie: Lots of violence and brutality - leave them at home.
Gratuitous Sex: Didn't need it.
Gratuitous Violence: It's the movie "Shaft" - need I say more?
Action: See "violence."
Laughs: Some pretty good one-liners.
Memorable Scene: How do you survive a roll-over accident?  I just wondered.  That and the surprise twist towards the end.  I'll leave it at that.
Memorable Quote: "Shut the fuck up."
Directed By: John Singleton
Produced By: Scott Rudin, John Singleton

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:38 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"Shaft" was a movie that had just about everything I could have hoped for short of nudity. You had quality action. You had quality violence. You had quality music. You had quality cool. You, simply put, had "Shaft."

This reincarnation of "Shaft" has Samuel L. Jackson playing John Shaft. But, to not have him replacing the John Shaft of old, we find that he is the nephew of, well, the John Shaft of old, played by the original Richard Roundtree. This time around Shaft thinks that he can make a difference among the racists that are in the police force, court system, and the wealthy. It all starts with a racist killing of a black dude who was just minding his own business at a restaurant, gets taunted repeatedly by a racist asshole, Walter (Christian Bale), gets the crowd to laugh at Walter, but then gets his skull bashed in when he steps outside for a smoke. The only witness, a dudette who is too afraid to testify, among other things, and Walter gets out on bail and heads for Switzerland for some time on the slopes waiting for the heat to die down a little. Shaft is pissed. Another racist getting away and there’s not much he can do at the time. But Shaft persists, Walter comes back to the states, and now it is a race to find the dudette witness, with a contract price now on her head, and Shaft has to save the day. The story isn’t the greatest, but the movie rocks.

Samuel L. Jackson is today’s epitome of cool, and he doesn’t upstage Richard Roundtree either as it seems Richard actually has an easier time with the ladies. And Shaft is viscous in his wanting things right, isn’t afraid to bash a skull in where needed, and knows how to manipulate the bad dudes. Exactly what you would expect, with the addition of a great twist towards the ending that I didn’t see coming.

So I won’t bore you anymore with a time consuming review but just say that I found "Shaft" one of the most entertaining movies of the summer, even without nudity. Samuel L. Jackson is one bad-ass mother "shut your mouth", Richard Roundtree comes off great as the uncle who knows what John if fighting for, and sort of helps mentor the younger Shaft into reality, but also how reality can be made to work for you. The movie leads the door open for a sequel, and I’m actually hoping they consider a follow-up.

So, it’s 4 ½ stars for "Shaft." I was entertained throughout, and maybe you will be too.

That’s if for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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