Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is the only one strong enough and brave enough to take on the baddies who murdered his brother. What’s the former CIA agent to do? Expose a conspiracy that leads straight to the White House. Providing plenty of hilarity and sexy, slick action, Scott Sanders directs this homage to classic 1970s blaxploitation flicks. Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Arsenio Hall also features some fun cameos by Tommy Davidson (Living Color), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!) and Mykelti Williamson, who played Pvt. Benjamin Buford ‘Bubba’ Blue in “Forrest Gump.”

Rating: 7 out of 10

There’s a conspiracy hitting the ghettos. Smack is being leaked into the orphanage, someone’s killed Black Dynamite’s brother as part of a pimp and drug ring, and there’s a malt liquor called Anaconda that is targeted to black men with a secret ingredient that shrinks their penises.

But it doesn’t end there. The conspiracy goes all the way to the Cracker House, where Tricky Dick and Black Dynamite have a nun-chuck battle of epic proportions where the ghost of Abraham Lincoln saves Black Dynamite as he faces imminent death.

And, yes, I’m giving this movie a 7, and deservedly so. This is a spoof that is done right. There are tons of bad spoofs — see “Not Another Teen Movie” or the bazillion sequels to “Scary Movie.” This is a really good one, full of smart campy fun, action, sharp direction, great writing and a solid cast.

If you want some silly fun, check out “Black Dynamite,” ya dig?


5 responses to “Black Dynamite

  1. Can’t wait to see this!

  2. I love blaxploitation movies in and of themselves. Some of them are campy, sure, there are also quite a few that are good movies on there own and have an amazing talent level both on the screen, behind the camera, on the soundtrack, and all points in between.
    Black Dynamite was fun, sort of Austin Powers like for that genre.

  3. Great review Matt! I caught Black Dynamite the other night on digital tv and I thought it was really funny and like you mentioned, a great homage to black exploitation flicks of that time period. I cannot get enough of these flicks from that era. I agree because it was done better than those other disaster spoofs. 🙂

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