Zoe Bell is great and i see good things in her future BUT starring in poor movies like this is not a harbinger of good things to come. She is a natural. She delivers evenly poorly written lines well. This movie, unfortunately, contains many poorly written lines. The screenwriters must have been about 12 years old as the dialogue is at that level of sophistication. Lots of swearing. No professionalism. They tried to emulate a lot of other movies and you can see it in the cinematography and soundtrack. A good showcase for Zoe's talent as she rises above the dreck. Watch it for her role as that is the only shining spot in this movie.
I enjoyed the original Shaft movie. It established a strong, outspoken character and carried that character through subsequent movies into the early 70's.
Samuel Jackson's reprise of the character in 2000 paid homage to the original and did a good job of transporting the character into present day.
This film is a poor sequel to the 2000 film. Shaft's son is now grown and is the punchline to almost every (poorly written and acted) joke. In real life he would die the moment he walked into a rough neighborhood. Jackson is older and despite attempts to hide it (turtlenecks?), shows every bit of his 69 years. Driving an old muscle car is cliched and the banter between him and his son is forced and seldom funny.
This movie is a cheap attempt to cash in on the sequel machine that Hollywood is milking as they lack original ideas and movies.
Very poor movie. Give it a pass and watch something else.
This is one of the worse movies I have ever had the misfortune of seeing. Poor dialogue, poor acting, poor cinematography - it fails on all accounts. Imagine a high school play performed by amateurs with stilted, ungainly dialogue - that is better than this movie. I like Travolta and Hawke. They are both fine actors but this piece of crap makes them look bad. Whoever wrote the screenplay should be flogged. Even if you could fast forward the movie at 3-4 times speed it would still drag. I watched it to the end hoping for some glimpse of competency, some chance of redemption and was disappointed. If I paid to see this I would demand my money back. This is not worth watching even if you are bored and nothing else is playing. Stay away, stay far away.
Some of Sacha Baron Cohen's movies contain a modest amount of comedy. Most of them are just stupid, gross humor. If you have an IQ under 60 you may find them amusing. I understand that comedy is not the same for everyone but after a few minutes of this movie I was heading for the exit. I did not see or hear anyone in the theater laughing. The comedic skits in this movie fall so flat you can hear the thud. Not sure who green-lighted this movie but whoever it was should be taken out and flogged. Unless you can find this in the $1 bin at your local discount store (and it is headed there, take my word) I would avoid it like the plague. What a flop. What were Mark and Penelope thinking when they signed on for this stinker?
A great acting job by Kevin Bacon and newcomers James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford. Surprisingly good movie with only a few implausible moments. Writers obviously remember what it was like to be a kid. The joy of discovery mixed with the fear of the unknown. The difficulty in figuring things out. The excitement of new experiences. This is a movie that makes you remember what it is like to be a kid. It sucked me in and I was thoroughly entertained. It is will worth your time. Give it a shot. You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't. Review requires ten lines of text so I will need to type in several more words to get this accepted.