Hot Potato Reviews
Anyway, this movie, unless you read into it, can't be blaxploitation since Kelly is a token here. You could read into it and say that because he is a token it is exploitative, but i refuse to do that as this film ain't worth reading into or analyzing. The writing and direction are crap, the performances are terrible (even Kelly is just okay), Rhino is an annoying and obnoxious character, and this film is just plain boring. Maybe a couple of the action scenes are mildly okay, but the majority of this film is retarded, inept, and just awful.
The DVD cover makes it seem like it will be some sort of cool Indiana Jones type of film. I would actually have enjoyed that, as that would have been cool (had it been done right, that is). This is just crap. They even rip off paets of the James Bond theme in what I believe was an attempt to be cool and reerential. It just comes off as stupid and pointless...like the rest of the film.
Even one moment where they make a funny reference/joke to Tom Jones (which I liked) is ruined by the fact that they take it too far and it becomes overbearing, offensive, and dull. Avoid this one. It gives genre pictures a bad name.
This was part of a blaxploitation film set, but... really... NOTHING in this movie was safe or sane. Ninja clowns. Elephant punching. A man pulling pastrami from under his serape.
And yet... I couldn't stop watching.
Believe it or not this is a sequel to "Black Belt Jones". Most don't know that and that's ok because obviously one can't make a connection between the two films by the title alone. I mean "Hot Potato"? Ok obviously by the title one can't take this film seriously.
My hunch was right as this film goes for the tongue-in-cheek approach. The film begins with a young women brought to a ninja camp somewhere deep in Africa where their leader calls her father and says she will be killed or unless he pulls aid. In comes 'Black Belt' Jones and two obnoxious sidekicks to rescue her.
One of the sidekicks is a slick talking guy from Chicago and the other guy named, I'm not kidding, White Rhino is a pot-bellied pig of a guy that is supposed to provide "comic" relief. Our trio rescue our kidnapped victim within the first 30 minutes and the rest of the film is spent meandering from one poorly choreographed fight to the next. The plot is actually so thin that Jim Kelly only says probably 10 lines in the whole damn film the film. Considering I'm not a fan of Jim Kelly I should actually consider that a blessing
The thing that bothers me about this film is that it doesn't know if it wants to be totally goofy or just another run-of-the-mill chop socky flick. Some of the fights have Looney Tunes sound effects like winding up fists and others don't. The film is also full of fourth grade boy humor like "you just wet my shoes! You just be lucky it wasn't number 2!"
This confused film just ended up annoying the living shit out of me and I kept starring at the timer on my DVD player asking the ghost of Bruce Lee why didn't the martial arts gods take Jim Kelly instead of him. This is hands down the worst martial arts film I have ever seen (so far) and only young boys who think dick and fart jokes are funny will be amused by this crud. This shit-quel makes Black Belt Jones look like a Shaw Brothers epic.