SHAFT (2000 U.S. GERMANY) D/W/P: JOHN SINGLETON W: RICHARD PRICE/SHANE SALERNO P: SCOTT RUDIN
Samuel L. Jackson is John Shaft (a cop as opposed to a private eye) trying to bust a rich white kid who beat a black guy to death, and protect the only witness. It`s an entertaining enough action flick that`s better than the original (but in a different way) and it thankfully retains the original theme tune (no remix necessary). With Busta Rhymes, Dan Hedaya, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Pat Hingle, Toni Collette, Josef Sommer, Philip Bosco, Daniel Von Bargen, Pater McRobbie, Zach Grenier, Meki Phifer, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Banks, Isaac Hayes, Singleton, Lawrence Taylor, Gloria Reuben, Dawn Robisnon from En Vogue and original star and director Roundtree and Parks. Nice to see Hedaya (a decent actor who should get bigger, better roles) as a character that isn`t an annoyed, screaming police chief type.

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