Still the man, any questions?
New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.
Some of my LB buddies will probably stone me for this, but I've never seen the 1971 version of Shaft starring Richard Roundtree. The original Blaxploitation film, it inspired a whole new genre of films in the seventies making stars of Ron O'Neal, Pam Grier, and Fred Williamson to name but a few. Maybe I was born at the wrong time, but unfortunately all these films passed me by, so when I saw John Singleton's remake on television in the early hours, I decided to check it out.
Now in the original, Shaft was a private eye. In this one he's a badass cop who takes no shit. The plot is fairly mundane for someone of Singleton's talent and although…
Interesting hybrid even if I don't think it's entirely successful. Moment to moment not that dissimilar from a bare-bones vintage blaxplo, and there's even the occasionally scuzzy beat, but the whole thing is too polished overall. The Singleton/Rudin studio picture sheen overshadows what probably, at least to me, should've been some Gordon Parks or Arthur Marks grit, which is signaled all over the place by the Richard Price script, a genuinely lowdown modern procedural full of experiential atmospheric detail and righteous anger about its backdrop of white privilege and racist institutions. Bale and Jeffrey Wright (both so memorably nasty) seem fully aware of the movie their characters so desperately want to inhabit, but everyone else is making a relatively safe-for-opening-weekends action picture. Best part about this is the Black Jesus emblazoned on Shaft's kevlar.
Shafted, more like.......
I've always meant to watch this, but I never seemed to have the opportunity. I love Samuel L Jackson, and he's very cool in this.
The weird thing is that I had this creepy sense of déjà vu all the way through, and my wife kept looking up from her knitting and saying "I think I've seen this before". When I pointed out Busta Rhymes as the awful comedy sidekick, she said "We've had this conversation before", and I suddenly clicked that she was indeed correct. This movie is, apparently, extremely forgettable. I wonder if I'll ever see it again for the first time?
Christian Bale is fantastically hateable as the privileged white guy. Worth a watch just for his performance.
Also, the amazing soundtrack. It's like having sex in your ears. Perhaps that's the reason I forgot about watching the film?
The theme for the weekend was movies where characters take the law into their own hands, and I couldn't go past the Samuel Jackson version of SHAFT. I really love this movie. To me, it's faultless barring perhaps a little grittier edge that the original had plenty of. Jackson is perfect as the Shaft for the new millennium, Vanessa Williams perfect as the modern day Foxy Brown, Jeffrey Wright fantastic as the gang leader Peoples and Christian Bale amusing as the villain. The script is tight, the action grounded and John Singleton puts it all together with real class.
Good,but a pale imitation of the original.only Sam Jackson and Richard Roundtree save this from film from not having any stars at all.
Shaft (John Singleton, 2000) 7/10
Detective Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) investigates a racially-motivated murder and goes head-to-head with a rich industrialist's son (Christian Bale) who is the main suspect. Violent, cool and dressed in snazzy outfits, Jackson is superb as the cop who goes on the lam to get his prey - whether it's the whacko murderer, a druglord (Jeffrey Wright) or the lone withess (Toni Collette) to the murder. He is surrounded with a wonderful supporting cast - Vanessa Williams, Phillip Bosco, Josef Sommer, Pat Hingle and Richard Roundtree (as the original Shaft from the classic 1971 film and Uncle of the detective here). The memorable Oscar nominated Issac Hayes score from the '71 film can be heard throughout the film.
I almost left this movie unwatched, but then it suddenly got better somewhere around the half an hour. The plot is so basic, there are lots of plotholes, characters are hollow and this movie also feels tired even it's funny at times. Even Samuel L. Jackson is controlled in how he's acting instead of how he usually acts, which is pity I think. Although he still acts well (like does Christian Bale as well). Oh how I wish they would have done better story or at least made it more entertaining. But this still wasn't as bad as I expected. I would like to see original Shaft too someday.
Not a bad movie. Just too schematic & too racist on the hispanics.
Yo motherfucker you better watch this movie or I will tell your mon u a fuckin virgin piece of shit
YOU HEAR ME YOU FUCKIN NIGGA YOU BETTER WATCH THIS PIECE OF SHIT
This is probably worth watching for the theme music alone. In addition, Samuel L. Jackson radiates cool, even if the movie is overly long. It's fun if you don't expect too much.
Jackson kills as the Man Himself, bringing passion and no small dollop of charisma to a intentionally flat role. Surprising positive: young Christian Bale reprising Pat Bateman as a racist thug of a scion. Surprising negative: Shaft is a real asexual being in this one, lacking even a perfunctory post-coital telephone call.
I haven't seen Shaft since I was fifteen years old with my mom in the theater. Yep, I was cool and went to see a lot of R-rated films with my mom but it didn't change that fact that it was awkward as shit when the first thing onscreen is a sex scene set to the "Theme from Shaft." Plus Samuel L. Motherfuckin' Jackson calls everyone a motherfucker constantly, though I didn't expect much different. Like many of his performances, Jackson plays himself much more than he plays the John Shaft character.
Truth be told, I had a lot of fun catching up with Shaft... for the first hour. They give the villains (Christian Bale and Jeffrey Wright) a lot…
Shaft is the slyest cat around - can you dig it?
This film was enjoyable, and that's why it gets 2 1/2 stars. I must say that the ending was a cop out though, and I would have given it an additional half star if it wasn't such a cheap ending to the film.
"Pesce d'aprile pezzo di merda"
Tutto reso molto tamarro e sulla falsariga del cinema trash. È tutto piuttosto classico con il detective tutto d'un pezzo che spara cazzate tamarre tra un arresto e l'altro concentrandosi però su un vecchio caso in sospeso. Un pò povero e banalotto ma non malvagio come film tappa buchi...Per altro devo ancora guardare gli altri film di Shaft prima di questo terzo capitolo lol. Pensavo fosse il primo e l'ultimo questo...probabilmente vale la pena guardare almeno il primo.
Ah.. buona colonna sonora.