The Black Gestapo Reviews
Back in the 70's this would have been really offensive, but today standards the offensiveness makes this more enjoyable.
It could be a much better film if this was remade.
Fun film to watch.
A dire blaxploitation movie that's so badly made and boring that is should have stayed in the vaults of a run-down grindhouse cinema for ever more and never seen the light of day again. Nothing to see here besides the sleazy trailer.
I cannot say that I recommend anyone say this movie. But, it isâ¦ interesting. It may be garbage, but it is at least fascinating garbage.
The Black Gestapo stars Rod Perry as General Ahmed, a man who starts an inner-city army to protect and avenge the wronged black and female citizens of the city of Watts. There is quite a bit of violence and nudity in this picture, and if that does not bother my esteemed reader, then this film should be a breeze. There is not much more to this film than that.
Like I said before, the fight scenes in this film are quite well done. In fact, I would go on to say that they are borderline fun to watch. They are well-choreographed, real-looking, and occasionally a tad thrilling. There is also a lot of stunt work in this film that I found to be well done. This was a pleasant surprise, considering the alarmingly low production values in this picture. The film itself is just not pleasant to look atâ¦ which is a major downside to the picture.
Overall, the film is not worth watching. Sitting through the ninety minute run-time feels like a chore, partly because the pacing is ridiculously and painfully inconsistent, and partly because the storyline is just not engaging enough to keep us entertained. Yes, the fight scenes are pretty fun, but Iâ(TM)m sure a curious viewer could find clips of them on youtube.
Well, it turns out that The Black Gestapo isn't as I thought it to be. Sure, this group of men do wear the signature threads that the Gestapo wore, emblems and all, and even mimic some of their salutes and such. But they aren't going around singling out Jewish people, but rather the oppressive white leaders in government, the police force and local mobsters. Such a weird identity for this group to assume, but within the context of the film it does actually work. And I genuinely liked what The Black Gestapo had to offer.
The movie starts off with General Ahmed (Rod Perry), who leads an inner-city group in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The group's original intention was to protect the black citizens of this area, but the oppression of the more powerful whites makes this difficult. So Ahmed's second in command, Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson), asks if he can form a secret group that will use violence to cut down on the threats facing Watts. It works at first, as the Black Gestapo drive out their enemies. But the Black Gestapo's power hunger gets too severe, and they turn into what they swore to protect their people from.
That is what I came to like about The Black Gestapo so much. This group was using terrible, violent acts to protect themselves, which is usually condoned in these sorts of films. But about midway through the film our heroes turn out to be the real villains of the story, and Ahmed must become a one man army to bring them down. It isn't the deepest film you're going to see, but The Black Gestapo has a lot more substance to it than one would originally think it to after reading the title.
The Black Gestapo is one of the better blaxploitation films I've seen, with better acting and storytelling than I've come to expect. It's a nice little hidden gem that I think fans of this genre of film-making should seek out. You'll never look at the Gestapo the same again, that's for sure.