He is joined by a female reporter, Jennifer, who is looking for a juicy story. There is also a cameo appearance by Gordon Parks, the director of the original, and of course, Isaac Hayes theme song is back. His investigation meets unexpected resistance and not everybody seems to be happy with his involvement. The elements of this story have been told so many times that they are becoming hackneyed. Wade in the meantime asks a drug dealer named Peoples Hernandez to find the waitress and make sure she doesn't talk. An enemy that has to be feared. The film is elevated from mediocrity by the acting.
The supporting actors are also excellent. Christian Bale also gives a fine performance as the despicable rich kid who thinks his wealth puts him above the law. He then sets out to get Wade by finding the waitress. They are however not very successful. This film is extremely violent with a high body count. Two years later, Wade returns and Shaft arrests him.
Shaft confronts him and he says he's Walter Wade Jr. This is not vanguard material. New York Police Detective John Shaft is the lead detective on a sensitive case, a young black man is severely beaten. The man's companions tell Shaft that their friend humiliated the one who was spouting racial slurs at him. What at first looked like a routine job turns into a horrifying nightmare in which Mark has to face an enemy whose blood thirst is only met by it's unpredictability. When things get worse and death toll rises, The Government, fearing terrorists are involved, seal off the building. The result is a solid, but undistinguished crime drama.
Singleton's direction is good in the action sequences of which there are plenty and adequate in the dramatic scenes. Together they try to unravel the secrets behind the mysterious behaviour of the elevator that seems to have a life of it's own. Written by Thirty years is a long time to wait to make a sequel, especially when no one is clamoring for one. . Shaft later learns because of his actions Wade was granted bail and fled. Jackson is an outstanding actor and slips on the character of this tough, streetwise cop like a tailored glove.
A spoiled rich kid is trying to get away with murder by hiring a drug dealer to snuff an eyewitness with the help of a couple of dirty cops. An enemy that has to be taken. Mark is determined to find the cause. In this film, he doesn't bring much innovation to the screen, with very straightforward shots and mundane locations. . This is an entertaining film despite its lack of originality. After a gruesome and deadly incident, in which a blind man falls into the shaft and a security guard is decapitated, the police start an investigation.
When he's bad, he's very very bad and when he is good, he's almost saintly. When Wade continues to hurl racist comments, Shaft smacks him. A tough, no-nonsense cop fights evil and corruption to bring justice to the streets while often disregarding the law. Jeffrey Wright is explosive as the egomaniac drug lord. In an overly reverent gesture to the original film, he brings back Richard Roundtree the original Shaft as the current Shaft's Samuel L. Action junkies add a point or two.
An enemy that is determined to fight off any intruder looking for the dark secret that lurks inside the belly of the building. At his hearing when the judge grants him bail, that's when Shaft throws his badge at the judge. . . . .
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