Black Dynamite (2009)
Critic Consensus: A loving and meticulous send-up of 1970s blaxsploitation movies, Black Dynamite is funny enough for the frat house and clever enough for film buffs.
African-American action legend Black Dynamite goes after 'The Man' for killing his brother Jimmy, for pumping heroin into local orphanages and for flooding the ghetto with hopped-up malt liquor.
|Rating:||R (for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Shawn Maurer, Scott Sanders|
|Written By:||Byron Keith Minns, Scott Sanders, Byron Minns, Michael Jai White|
|In Theaters:||Oct 16, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 16, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for Black Dynamite
The portentous dialogue, two-track-recorded soundtrack (by Adrian Younge) and eager performances are all highly diverting.
If the joke is somewhat one-note and eventually told too long and too often, at least it's a good joke.
Before an hour has passed tedium overtakes Black Dynamite -- one corny martial-arts sequence turns out to be plenty -- and all the good jokes dry up.
Even though it sounds funnier than it plays, between the song and the nun chucks, I was happy.
Audience Reviews for Black Dynamite
Kung fu treachery and anaconda malt liquor!! Theres not much more I can say other than I loved this movie!!
An ex-CIA agent, Kung Fu expert and lovin' machine known only as Black Dynamite avenges the death of his brother, cleans up the streets and sticks it to The Man in this homage cum parody of 70s blaxploitation movies. Scott Sanders is obviously a connoisseur of the genre as the whole film is pretty much spot on when sending up every detail of its intended target. There is the cast of casually racist and sexist stereotypes, the painfully clumsy exposition, laughably over the top action sequences and ham-fisted pseudo-messages as well as the usual glaring continuity errors, missed cues and clod hopping yet irresistibly funky music score. Michael Jai White not only looks the part but also is actually almost too good at the high kicking martial arts sequences. The one drawback is that it can enter Naked Gun territory (particularly during the fist fight with Richard Nixon!) without being quite funny enough to carry it off but at the same time is not quite clever enough to be a Tarantino/Rodriguez style pastiche. But it is consistently entertaining for its brief running time and will provide plenty of knowing chuckles to fans of Blaxploitation.
An amusing and sometimes hilarious tribute to low-budget 1970s blaxploitation films, with clumsy zooms, saturated colors and intentional filming errors to create the illusion of belonging to that era - something Tarantino should have done better in his Death Proof.
Black Dynamite Quotes
|Black Dynamite:||The worse thing about these pushers getting these children addicted to this new smack is that these children are orphans, and orphans don't have parents.|
|Cream Corn:||I'm runnin' things. I'm runnin' tha-a-a-a-a-ngs.|
|Gunsmoke:||That ain't ego... that's how we go.|
|Black Dynamite:||Do you see where I'm coming from you jive motherfucker!|
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