The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Given his iconic bald head, gravitas-laden voice and enormous musical success, it was inevitable that someone in the blaxploitation-heavy '70s would attempt to turn the unassailably cool Isaac Hayes into an action hero.
This is a fairly obscure blaxploitation film, but it's worth seeking out. Jonathan Kaplan (Unlawful Entry) directs this action picture about an ex-ffotball player turner bounty hunter out for revenge.
Isaac Hayes provides the music and stars as the title character, and he does a pretty good job. He makes for a credible action hero. I know he acted in some other movies, but it's a shame he didn't act in more, because he could have made a great career in pictures. Yaphet Kotto does a great (as always) job as the main villain, but I don't think this is his best work. It's not bad, though. The music is fun, the location shooting looks good, and the action is pretty well done, especially the mayhem at t he hospital.
This probably falls somewhere in the upper half of the middle of the blaxploitation spectrum, as far as quality goes, and, while this isn't really a terrific picture in general, for a B-movie, it's quite decent so, as I said, try and seek this one out if you're in the mood for an entertaining 70s action romp.
On a personal note, I actually have an extremely loose connection to this movie. My brother's girlfriend's boss's husband was a child actor, and he was in this movie. His name is Randy Gray, and in this film, he was credited as "Kid In Hospital". He's the kid that Yaphet Kotto briefly takes hostage as he tries to escape during the climactic shootout.
A Soul Cinema Classic from the golden age of the 1970's. Director Jonathan Kaplan first and only attempt into making a blaxploitation flick that became AIP's biggest moneymaker of that year. Not only the movie was great,but the soundtrack to this is incredible! Watching the great Issac Hayes(who won the Oscar in 1971 for his Musical Theme to Shaft) as Truck Turner who is a modern day bounty hunter taking out the baddies including the ultimate showdown with Yaphet Kotto is well worth viewing not to even mention the grindhouse performance of Nichelle "Uhara" Nichols as a sadistic evil female pimp(who wants to get her revenge against Truck Turner) who acting chops goes to anything beyond the dimension of Star Trek(and as far away from the Uhara character as she could get). "Truck Turner" was one of two action-packed films that were HUGE moneymaker for American International when it was released in 1974. The other AIP moneymaker? "Foxy Brown" which came out in the summer of that year.
1970's blaxploitation film which earns an extra star for having the gorgeous Isaac Hayes in it as title role and leading man. Plus it may have been one of his very earliest films but already he's shining with more star power than a bucket fulof galaxies,. Plus there's a great soundtrack by the man himself. Oh, plus he only goes to bed with his girlfriend for a full ninety minutes, notwithstanding the temptations on offer from stables of whores run by the local pimps including a young Commander Uhura and a very young Yaphet Kotto, a full two decades before he gave up a life of crime to run a Homicide department,.
If you like ths genre, check it out, it's a good one.
Oh, and did I mention Isaac Hayes was in it too?
Well straight off, I've got to say that the dialogue throughout the first half of this film had me in absolute non stop, side splitting hysterics. In terms of script, I can't honestly off the top of my head think of another film that comes even close to this! Just check out the conversation between our main man (the awesomely cool Issac Hayes) and his bounty hunting partner (the always excellent Alan Weeks) concerning Hayes cat peeing on his shirt as an example to illustrate the above ? absolutely priceless! In fact everything and I mean everything about the film (for the said first half) is absolutely meriting of a full ten stars. Our main protagonists are instantly likable, the seventies fashions are groovy, the music is super cool and the action is spot on.
Unfortunately although the film remains superb throughout, the feel good factor that so permeates throughout the proceedings early on is all but abandoned in favour of a far more brutal approach in the second half. Don't get me wrong, this in itself isn't a bad thing, it's just that the sudden loss of all humour is sadly missed.
On the other hand, the action (and indeed gore!) picks up a major pace at the same point as if to compensate for this subtraction. And if it's violent action that you're after then you've come to the right place because Truck Turner proves to be one hell of an adversary to the villains in this. Special mention must be made of the main villains (played by the excellent Yaphet Kotto) eventual demise which utilises an intriguing reverse POV camera shot, meticulously mimicking his staggering death throes ? great stuff!
All in all, this is quite rightly regarded as a true blaxploitation classic. Simply awesome stuff!
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