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Cool and deadly NYPD detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade, Jr. in a racially-motivated slaying. The eye witness disappears, Wade jumps bail for Switzerland, and Shaft is livid. Two years later, Wade returns to face trial, confident his father's money and influence (and racial politics) guarantee an innocent verdict. Shaft looks hard for the witness, so Wade wants someone to kill her. He turns to a ghetto drug king, Peoples Hernandez, who's willing to kill for money, use Wade as a route to rich drug customers, and shaft Shaft. Can Shaft find the witness, convince her to testify, and shepherd her through the hail of bullets that Peoples is sure to let fly? Written by
Based on the original 1970's film of the same name, the nephew of detective John Shaft is out to find the eyewitness of a racially motivated murder, but has disappeared without trace. After Walter Wade, played by Christian Bale, jumps bail Shaft must find the witness to have justice prevail. This is maybe not the most original concept and the film suffers slightly because of it.
Director, John Singleton does a fairly good job of recreating the feeling of the original, particularly in the first half. However it lacks the edge that is needed to compliment the typically good performance by Jackson as the nephew of original star Richard Roundtree. Partly due to this the film begins to lose the slickness of the original in the second half and the plot appears to take second stage to the excess violence and action.
Shaft isn't a classic by any means and it makes for an average action crime flick. It's main saving grace is Jackson's cool performance as John Shaft.
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