Shaft: Eli Reed
Michael Sauter
December 12, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Shaft

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/16/00
performer
Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Dan Hedaya, Busta Rhymes
director
John Singleton
Producers
New Deal Productions, Paramount Studios, Scott Rudin Productions
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Shane Salerno, John Singleton
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

Though Shaft has the recycled feel of a remake, at least this next generation update does us the service of rethinking its hero. As NYPD detective John Shaft, nephew of the original Richard Roundtree character, Jackson has smooth moves and bad attitude all his own.

But while Christian Bale’s murderous rich boy racist and Jeffrey Wright?s volatile drug lord make interesting dual villains, the schizoid script by committee keeps their plotlines tangled. Director John Singleton then predictably resolves the mess by piling up the bullet riddled body count. Sadly, nothing about this movie is different enough.

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