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Shaft [DVD] [2000]

Samuel L. Jackson
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Release Date: 09/04/2001

Region Code: DVD 2
Label: Paramount Home Entertainment
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright, Busta Rhymes
Director: John Singleton
Number of Discs: 1
Audio Languages: English, German, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, Czech, Danish, Arabic, Bulgarian, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Finnish, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian

SHAFT is a new approach to one of the great film icons of the 1970s. He's tough, he's smart, he's cool û just what you'd expect from a man whose uncle and mentor is John Shaft, who, now as then, is played by Richard Roundtree. Crooked cops on the take, small-time drug lords, sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill -- for police detective John Shaft, it's just another night in th e underbelly of New York City, another shift facing down cops and criminals who want him dead and a legal system that thrives on mon ey, not justice.

Samuel L. Jackson makes a gleefully updated John Shaft in John Singleton's homage (not remake) to the early 1970s action classic, picking up where Richard Roundtree's legendary Shaft left off. The Manhattan-set film features excellent performances, dynamic action scenes and witty one-liners (Jackson's Shaft: "It's my duty to please the booty"--although the line's deceptive: there's a surprising lack of sex in the film). Unfortunately, it's offset by a surprisingly uninspired, predictable, one-dimensional story, penned by Singleton, Richard Price and Shane Salerno. The story, in which Shaft investigates the murder of a young African American, is without suspense, since from the start the audience knows that rich white boy Walter Wade (Christian Bale) did the deed and that Shaft is going to kick his ass, big time. That said, charismatic performances--from Jackson (who, in keeping with the times, is more volatile and fiery than his predecessor), Toni Collette (as a frightened witness), the villainous Bale and the utterly amazing Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat)--make the film enticing and watchable. Look for a cameo by the original Shaft's director, the legendary Gordon Parks, and fans of the original should note that a still stunningly handsome Roundtree briefly appears as Jackson's uncle. --N.F. Mendoza