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Shaft (2001 movie)

1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Dick Maas

There is a dangerous secret presence occurring in a mysterious elevator in New York City's Millennium building, and the death toll is rising. When a mechanic and a reporter (Naomi Watts from MULHOLLAND DRIVE) go to investigate, they find a vicious … see full wiki

Cast: Eric Thal
Director: Dick Maas
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Shaft (2001 movie)

Shaft - 2001

  • Jul 23, 2009
Pros: rocket launching elevator repairman

Cons: the entire movie

The Bottom Line:
"Don't take me up
I'll only find my way back down
Don't take me up
I'll just fall down"
~Hot Hot Heat

I wasn’t five minutes into Shaft when I had to put it on hold and go to the computer to make sure Stephen King wasn’t involved in the project in some manner. He is about the only sick twist I know of that could take something as harmless as an elevator [not one of my favorites modes of transportation anyway] and turn it into something evil. I found no reference to King, this movie was written and directed by Dick Maas, who is obviously just as twisted as King.

Don’t be confused, though, because there was very little entertaining about this film other than the fact that the two guys that decide to fight the elevator have quite different means - one selects a wrench and the other a rocket launcher. Of course, you would have to have a rocket launcher conveniently nearby, not your common weapon for an elevator repairman to carry around.

This particular elevator, located in the Millenium Building in New York seems to be possessed by an evil entity. It has its own agenda and way of dealing with people and, for the most part, it isn’t pretty. I’m sure you are wondering exactly how an elevator possesses these powers. I’ll give you one small clue … think Government and scientists … ah, just like always. Now, thanks to their combined intervention, the elevator is actually a biological entity with vengeance on its mind. Yes, it has a mind.

If any of this sounds familiar to those evil movie watchers like me, Maas came out with the very same story in 1983, calling it The Lift. This is practically word for word in his own attempt for a larger and grandiose remake that failed.

A small attempt by Naomi Watts as the reporter, Jennifer Evans, to add a bit of flair and fun to this movie is the only highlight. She did the best she could with what little she was given. She was joined by James Marshall, Michael Ironside, Edward Herrmann, and Dan Hedaya.

No awards graced this pickle and it is rated R for horror, violence, language and sexuality.

I really can’t recommend it despite the fact that watching someone shoot an elevator with a rocket launcher is different, to say the least. The acting was fairly mundane and camera work was passable but not overwhelming. This movie also goes by the name Down but the video release was The Shaft. The only one getting the shaft is the viewer.



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