Shaft 2000 R CC

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To stop a racist killer (Christian Bale) Shaft's got to track down the only eyewitness that can put him behind bars (Toni Collette). As Shaft closes in, so does the danger. Armed with attitude and up against corrupt cops and venomous druglords he's out to make crime pay up.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Shaft

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action
Director John Singleton
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams
Supporting actors Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Busta Rhymes, Dan Hedaya, Toni Collette, Richard Roundtree, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Josef Sommer, Lynne Thigpen, Philip Bosco, Pat Hingle, Lee Tergesen, Daniel von Bargen, Francisco 'Coqui' Taveras, Sonja Sohn, Peter McRobbie, Zach Grenier, Richard Cocchiaro
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Samuel L. Jackson is a great actor.
A. Wilder
Good action scenes, good story line and great actors.
angie rhodes
He just seemed like he did not want to be there.
Todd Gray

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on March 30, 2003
Format: DVD
I actually cringed when I saw the trailer to this movie. It didn't show much except shot after shot of Samuel L. Jackson removing his designer sunglasses and staring at the camera. I thought it had the potential to be awful.
I was very wrong. The movie is not without plot holes and implausibility, but it still works thanks to great acting and solid direction. John Singleton takes on a genre film with this almost-sequel to the famous blaxploitation series of the 1970s. Jackson plays John Shaft--nephew of the original Shaft who appears here as the wise old uncle. It's Richard Roundtree himself doing the honors, getting screen time in a theatrical release for the first time in decades.
The story concerns a cold murder of a young black man by rich and twisted Walter Wade, son of wealthy New York society. Christian Bale comes right off the set of American Pyscho and plays the demented Wade with a more outwardly tough guy persona. Think Bateman and the Preppie Murderer, and you get the idea. (Even the faux-Brooklyn accent is funny.)
There's not a whole lot of mystery around here. Shaft basically swears to get this guy, and we know he will, no matter no long or how many people he has to shoot. Things get complicated when Wade hires a Dominican drug lord to whack out the sole witness to the murder. The drug lord is then linked to dirty cops who get contracted to kill Shaft and the girl.
In the end, a lot of people die. Shaft has the best marksmanship of any cop in the country as he guns down countless low-rent drug dealers and various minions. And clad in Armani, the coat alone costing half a cop's yearly salary, Jackson is the ultimate in cool.
Why does it work? For one, the writing is slick, even if it's (trouble sign) done by a literal team of writers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Batman on December 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have to say this movie isn't that big on plot. Its ok but thats not the high point of the film. Its pretty fun to watch Samuel L. Jackson go around in his suave stylish ways and fight crime in New York City. Jackson plays John Shaft, the nephew of the original John Shaft played but the man himself Richard Roundtree. Shaft is trying to get a man who two years ago killed another man over a racial issue into jail for good. All in all the plot is average but its just fun to sit and watch the fun. You don't have to see or even like the original Shaft movies which I haven't seen to see this. Jackson is great as Shaft. Isaac Hayes' theme is great, this time its redone. The dvd is half decent, it has the Shaft theme music video, a half decent featurette and some other features like cast interviews, a trailer, and other music videos. Rated R for violence, profanity, some nudity, and sexual innuendo.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MOMMIE4LYFE on October 14, 2006
Format: DVD
This was an entertaining movie, which is more than I can say for some other movies that get rave reviews. I guess everyone sees things differently, therefore, form different opinions. Compared to Shaft of the past, this one doesn't stack up, but I don't think the intent was to compare.

Answer to L. Gontzes comment...I would assume the reason for there not being a nude scene with the lovely (not so lovely in this film) Vanessa Williams would have something to do with the fact that she was very much pregnant during filming! notice they tried not to shoot any shots of her from the waist down?

N-E-Wayz...this film had several different elements to appeal to a diverse audiences. I would recommend to others.

This is the second posting of my review. My first review was accidently given **. I deleted and reposted, in order to keep the low rating from affecting the overall average........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pearce Hansen on February 26, 2012
Format: DVD
I grew up in the East Bay in the 70s, oftentimes hanging in neighborhoods where I was one of the few white kids around. This was the era of Black Power, and I saw and spoke to Panthers & members of the Nation of Islam on a daily basis. I also saw all the floppy-hatted pimps in their gangster rides, and had the same run-ins with the dealers and gangs that my black friends did (though undoubtedly aggravated by the fact that I stood out from the rest like a red-headed, freckle-faced, blue-eyed thumb).

When my friends & I went to the movies, it wasn't 'The Sound of Music' that was showing. It was 'Across 110th Street,' or 'Three the Hard Way.' The Man was always white, and the Brothers always came from behind to get over. Perhaps it was a little schizophrenic, but I always loved watching those blaxpoitation
classics as a kid. Even now, when I see their (rare) appearance on a video store shelf on on a late night cable listing, I feel a warm sense of nostalgia. Those movies may have been exploitative and may have disseminated stereotypes, but there was also a sense of brutal honesty there. They addressed the things my friends and I saw around us every day. They were fresh, and raw. They were art, as much as any of the other stuff I see touted as such these days.

The original 'Shaft' rocked. It was the undisputed king of the genre, just as 'Enter the Dragon' was to chop-sockey movies. Cut+Insert your own superlatives here. I KNOW you've seen it. It's like 'Star Wars:' EVERYBODY has. If you've been on another planet long enough NOT to have seen the original, do yourself the favor and do so.

Now there's the 'sequel', with Mr. Samuel L. Jackson in the starring role. I'll admit I rented the video prepared to be disappointed, but I wasn't. It stood up. I mean Mr.
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