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.

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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.
R (for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Michael Jai White
as Black Dynamite
Kevin Chapman
as O'Leary
Tommy Davidson
as Cream Corn
Arsenio Hall
as Tasty Freeze
Buddy Lewis
as Gunsmoke
Brian McKnight
as Sweet Meat
Byron Minns
as Bullhorn
James McManus
as Richard M. Nixon
Phil Morris
as Saheed
Tucker Smallwood
as Congressman James
John Salley
as Kotex
Chris Spencer
as Militant 1
Darrel Heath
as Militant 2
Mike Starr
as Rafelli
Nicole Sullivan
as Patricia Nixon
Kym E. Whitley
as Honey Bee
Mykelti Williamson
as Chicago Wind
Bokeem Woodbine
as Black Hand Jack
Cedric Yarbrough
as Chocolate Giddy Up
Roger Yuan
as Fiendish Dr. Wu
Charlotte Stokely
as Lady of Leisure
Dde Dionne Gipson
as Afroditey
Darrell M. Heath
as Militant 2
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Critic Reviews for Black Dynamite

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20)

The portentous dialogue, two-track-recorded soundtrack (by Adrian Younge) and eager performances are all highly diverting.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Black Dynamite will stir some pleasant memories.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

If the joke is somewhat one-note and eventually told too long and too often, at least it's a good joke.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Even though it sounds funnier than it plays, between the song and the nun chucks, I was happy.

October 26, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The details are perfect, from the particle-board sets to the porn-ready score. (And dig those polyester suits.) But just like the movies it parodies, this one feels over long before it's actually done.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Black Dynamite

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A fun homage to old school cinema and brings out humor that isn't found anymore with today's raunchy crap. There is at least one joke that will make you giggle or roar in laughter. In short, Black Dynamite is just hilarious!

paul oh
paul oh

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