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Samuel L. Jackson stars as detective John Shaft, a new-generation "black private dick who's a sex machine with all the chicks" in this stylish, action-packed update of the classic blaxploitation trilogy (SHAFT, SHAFT'S BIG SCORE!, and SHAFT IN AFRICA) from the early 1970s. Shaft's nemesis this time around is Walter Wade Jr. (Christian Bale), a cocky, blue-blooded white kid who commits a violent hate crime but still manages to skirt the system. When Wade forms an unholy alliance with powerful Dominican drug lord Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright) along with two dirty cops from Shaft's own precinct, Shaft turns in his badge to dispense justice on his own terms. Luckily for him, the original Shaft (Richard Roundtree, who is this Shaft's uncle) is around to help out, along with Vanessa Williams as a trustworthy cop, Toni Colette as an eyewitness to Wade's crime, and rapper Busta Rhymes as Shaft's man-on-the-street Rasaan. Director John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD, HIGHER LEARNING) appears in a brief cameo, as...
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Release Date:  2000
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Paramount Home Entertainment (December 12, 2000)
Runtime:  1hr 39min
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review by . July 04, 2000
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Pros: SAM JACKSON!!!! Excellent Direction; Great Stunts; Good Script; Excellent Pacing     Cons: Some flaws with the script     There's a reason we don't see Samuel Jackson in as many bad movies as Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson: He chooses only the scripts worth doing. From A Time To Kill to Die Hard With A Vengeance. You know that whatever movie Sam Jackson is in is definitely going to be worth seeing.      Shaft is the best Sam Jackson …
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