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Black Dynamite (2009)



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John Singleton's Shaft remake updated the blaxploitation genre, and Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown transcended it. Somehow it's this parody of it that is the most faithful of the three, although that's not completely a compliment. The first half is the better half; the comedy starts out slick and sly but becomes more outrageous (and less interesting) as it goes along. The final showdown looks like it could have come out of a bad Zucker brothers movie. But the dialogue sparkles. Great lines like "I shoulda known you'd be behind this, fiendish Dr. Wu. Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for Kung Fu treachery!" have a way of rendering other criticisms moot.