Shooting on Super-16 reversal, director and co-writer Scott Sanders (“Thick as Thieves,” 1998) recreates the vibe of 1970s blaxploitation in this inspired homage. Co-writer and martial artist Michael Jai White (“Why Did I Get Married?”, “Spawn”) stars as the sexy, versatile title hero. His brother dies in a drug-deal shootout. White covert operators are implicated. It goes to the top: President Richard Nixon. Politicians, pimps, orphans and licenses to kill come together in a numerological conspiracy linked to a secret enclave on a tropical island. Anaconda Malt Liquor is part of a plot against African-American manhood. Dick-shrinking, in short. Sanders, whose pro DJ persona in L.A. is Suckapunch, imparts loving detail by naming characters in “Black Dynamite” Afroditey, Cream Corn, Euphoria, Kotex, Sweetmeat and Tasty Freeze. This parody double-times as the real deal and near-perfect parody. With Arsenio Hall, Mykelti Williamson and Tommy Davidson. 94m. (Bill Stamets)
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.