Friday 13 August 2010

Black Dynamite review

Black Dynamite (15, 84 mins)
Director: Scott Sanders
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Beautifully evoking the blaxploitation movement of the 70s, this riotous spoof follows Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White), a former CIA agent and all round love machine, on the trail of the crimelord who killed his brother, shaking down jive turkeys and taking out suckas with his kung fu skills. As an approximation of blaxploitation it’s spot on in every detail, from its overly earnest acting to the shonky photography and editing and, but for the very occasional misuse of CGI, it could have been filmed in 1974. But like the best spoofs, it doesn’t just parody, but plays as a completely straight-faced genre entry, resulting in a consistently funny movie that’s knowing without being smug. Can you dig it?

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