Shaft (2000)

JOHN SINGLETON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBGermany/USA, 2000.  , Scott Rudin Productions, New Deal Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company, Shaft Productions.  Story by John Singleton, , Screenplay by , John Singleton, Shane Salerno, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , John Singleton.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

Samuel L. Jackson rules this film update of Ernest Tidyman’s cool-as-sin cop creation, first filmed in 1971 with Richard Roundtree. John Singleton brings Shaft to the nineties without losing the slick seventies look that made the original so much a piece of nostalgia, even including themes and the main song from Isaac Hayes’ original Academy Award-winning score. The plot involves a snooty heir (Christian Bale) who thinks he can get away with murder, not realizing that Shaft is on the scene and ready to take him down! Toni Collette,  and  all lend able support, but it is Jackson who takes the cake here, while  makes a very welcome cameo appearance.

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