- Genre : Action,Crime
- Runtime : 1h 51m
- Cast : Samuel L. Jackson, Avan Jogia, Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall
- Director : Tim Story
- Producer : New Line Cinema
- Language : English
- Release Date : 14 Jun 2019
- Rating : R
The new film is a sequel to 2000’s “Shaft,” which is itself a sequel to the 1971 original. The story opens with a 1989 prologue: Police officer John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson), the nephew of the original Shaft, is in a car that gets shot up by bad guys — while his squeeze, Maya, is in the passenger seat and their infant son, JJ (for John Junior), is in his car seat in the back. Not wanting JJ to grow up facing the violence that follows Shaft wherever he goes, Maya splits, taking the boy with her and issuing strict orders for his father to stay away.Jump to present day, when a now grown JJ (Jessie T. Usher) is an MIT graduate working as a data analyst for the FBI. When a childhood friend of his dies under mysterious circumstances, he goes to his dad for help in finding out who is responsible. What follows is a film that embraces the camp of each of its predecessors while adding a timely new depth: the generational and cultural differences between Shaft and JJ are largely about what it means to be a black man today. Shaft tells JJ that his mother did a great job of raising him to be, as he puts it, a “white boy.” JJ, for his part, rebukes his father for using the n-word. (If memory serves, he doesn’t use it from then on.) Shaft works the case with a shotgun, from the driver’s seat of a Chevy Chevelle. To his chagrin, his son prefers technology and Uber.
Samuel L. Jackson shows that he is still the King of the sardonic, self-mocking, dramatic flair. This film mercilessly mocks the banality of bigotry whilst offering well-placed nuggets of wisdom about the redemptive power of duty in the oddest of places. And it does all this without a single drop of sanctimonious piety. Bold stuff. Not surprisingly, all that flew right over the heads of today's pompous one-dimensional film critics. So glad audiences are ignoring the critics and grinning from ear to ear as they leave the cinemas glad for some brazen iconoclasm. Good riddance to overbearing artistic gatekeeping! Go see it for yourself!
Literally saying this movie is an must watch which focusses, on social issues like , Racism, Sexism, and feminism. Amazing performances by everyone, and outstanding performance by Samuel L Jackson, his work is really so so good and he suits the role. I suggest not to go on ratings , this movie is much above their ratings and must be watch .
I had a bit higher expectations from the movie, but the movie turned out to be dull and boring most of the times. Some of the scenes were extremely well written and well performed. Some scenes were added to the length of the film and they could have been omitted. Father-son duo stole the show. Samuel L Jackson was the best among all. Overall, a decent watch.
Really awesome movie. I strongly recommend to watch it. This movie actually sets out to address a lot of issues like Islamophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, feminism and actually ends up getting most of it right. You occasionally sense the presence of an interesting movie struggling to get out of this hyperactive action comedy.
This movie was great. If you're tired of watered down liberalism and every aspect of a comedy film bowing down to toxic feminist or gay agenda. Then this is your movie. This movie keeps it true to black culture. Samuel Jackson is hilarious and Jessie Usher does a great job keeping up with the rest of the cast. Liberal movie critics are going to cry in the car so expect it and ignore it.. This is your movie.
I didn't have much expectations with this movie before watching but surprisingly its a good movie. I am not sure why all critics hated this movie. Its funny, throwback, exciting, unapologetic. This movie has everything. Had a good mix of comedy and action. It was more bomb than the original Shaft in the movie. Samuel L Jackson gets on my nerves sometimes.
Awesome movie. The other movies in this Shaft series are bit serious, but this one is hilarious not compromising on story line and action stuff. Directed by Tim Story staring Usher this movie definitely impresses you, if you love action and comedy. The banter and dialogues between father and son duo is hilarious and the way father guides his son is great. Definitely a must watch film.
Great flick! They just don’t make unapologetically black comedies like this anymore. This film truly is a rare gem in this day and age. No black stereotyping, no political preaching or any junk like that just great jokes, great action and most importantly amazing performances from talented actors. Samuel L. Jackson was cuttin up the whole movie hahaha! Regina Hall is so beautiful and hilarious, Jessie Usher held it down and really keep up with the rest of the cast. I haven’t laughed this hard in a minute at the movies. I would say DO NOT listen to what movie critics are saying they don’t understand “our” culture or sense of humor. I’m pretty sure most of these critics are suburban yts and should be ignored. I highly recommend this movie!
I bothered to watch this flim because of the most obvious reason- Samuel L. Jackson. Thought this would be one of those dull storied movies like The Equalizer, where Denzel single handedly carried it. In any case, I'm very sad to say that this movie fails in pretty much everything. Acting was sub-par, and that includes the half-hearted effort of Mr. Jackson's ownself, which was most unfortunate to see. The story, well, you have come across stores like this in Hollywood so many times that it gets boring after a while, so dull. There were some funny dialogues taking place here and there, but that's it. Some dialogues were downright offensive, both sexually and racially. Nutshell is, a really below average flick, which involved SLJ, and this time his humorous, snide speechesg couldn't save the movie, not at all; now you don't come across that every day. I'd say just watch on a weekend where you have 2 hours to waste and that too, if you're a SLJ fan or something, otherwise, please don't bother.
Addressing the Plot or the storyline,Shaft starts with a a flashback to 1989 reveals that John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) once had a wife, Maya (Regina Hall), and an infant son. In order to keep them safe from a dangerous drug lord, he needed to remove himself from their lives. Years later, that son, J.J. (Jessie T. Usher), has grown up to become an FBI data analyst. When J.J.'s best friend turns up dead, J.J. suspects foul play and contacts his father for help. The trail leads right back to that same drug lord, Gordito (Isaach De Bankolé) -- but just when J.J. finds proof, the bad guys kidnap Sasha (Alexandra Shipp), the woman he loves. Before Shaft and son head into the final showdown, they decide to enlist a little help from the original (Richard Roundtree). Can three generations of Shafts finally put an end to the trouble? Ultimately, the filmmakers seem to care more about their creaky, tired, unfailingly predictable plot mechanics -- from the early murder to the inevitable betrayal and kidnapping scenes (not to mention sluggish, sloppy action scenes) -- than their characters. The Shafts become thin, cartoonish versions of what began as a gritty outsider antihero (in the original 1971 Shaft). Perhaps most galling is the movie's assertion that men ought to be "real men" -- i.e., tough and willing to fight/shoot guns, treat women as objects, and never apologize. What finally happens in Shaft (2019) is that the characters never really seem affected at all by violence, death, or even love; thus, they never connect, and they never come alive.
This movie has a good combination of comedy and action. I'm not interested in watching this movie because of negative reviews on review sites, but my friends forced me to give this movie a watch and sincerely saying the movie is very good . You will definitely have a good time in watching this movie.
This movie doesn't have the best acting or story. It's not gonna win an Academy Award. This movie isn't the most sophisticated. However, what this movie lacks in "Critically Acclaimed-ness", it gains in a warm nostalgic feeling with great laughs and good action scenes. This is not the best movie ever, but it is one of the most fun. When seeing this movie, you will leave with a smile on your face because you know you had a good time. This is not the best movie ever but Shaft certainly doesn't deserve the critics dragging it through the dirt the way they are.
I appreciate the direction they wanted to take this, but the jokes needed work, the ridicule should be more directed at Jackson's character's various blind spots and intolerances and various other scenes needed more polishing. The movie is overall average, 1 time watch only.
It was nice to see a movie that didn't have a social or political agenda behind it and didn't pander to people who are easily offended. This movie showed that not everyone likes being a sensitive soft person. I really hope this movie can continue to break boundaries . Plot was awesome and combined with the humour it offered, it took the movie to next level.
First of all, there is good story and it moves along at good pace. Then there's shaft. cool as ever and paired with millennial son. Great chemistry between actors and good delivery of dialogues and nice balance of action and plot. Fun movie. Enjoy this flick!
I enjoyed it. As the movie went on, it came all together. Funny lines as well as being serious when the movie needed to be. Not understanding how people didn't liked it. Did see a few bloopers in fighting scenes but those are as good as neglecting it.
Funny and entertaining. As usual, Samuel L. Jackson delivered. Regina Hall was fantastic. Jessie Usher did his thing. And Richard Roundtree did not disappoint. The storyline was great and I enjoyed it immensely!!! Perhaps, if it was better promoted it would have done much better at the box office. I only saw one preview after opening night, and nothing since. It is definitely worth going to see.I promise you won’t be disappointed. Do yourself a favor and go have some laughs
This movie is great in a sense, that the character development is visible. You understand a layer of motivation for the way characters are. The call backs or references to the other movies or events that occured in the past are cool. The scenes of levity are enjoyable.
It was nice to see a movie that didn't have a social or political agenda behind it and didn't pander to people who are easily offended. This movie showed that not everyone likes being a sensitive soft person. I really hope that movies can continue to break boundaries like this because it's a refreshment of our ability to enjoy humour without taking it personally. Plot was awesome and solid and the humour made it unbelievably enjoyable.
This new shaft may be a slam-bang action film, but for young audiences, their is no historical context for why the Shaft character struck such a strong cord in 1971. Here he's just another shoot them up cop. Because of the language and violence alone, not to mention the more subtle social negativity, families should skip this one entirely.
SHAFT ,this movie was a rare combination of comedy,terrific action and poigant father and at the end son,father and grandfather building their relationship.It offered an insight into how an marriage can go wrong,lead to divorce and still can be resurrected.Samuel Jackson gave a masterful performance as John Shaft.There were amazing action sequence and also a great comedy sense and also a concerned father about his son
Directed by Tim Story staring Usher, this film is hilarious at the same showing great relationship between son and father. The banter between father - son duo is hilarious. Regina hall did a fantastic job delivering great scenes. Music blended with movie so perfectly. A good action movie adding hilarious touch to this movie, made it worthwhile a flick in recent days. Go and just enjoy the film to the fullest.
Shaft is a bland sequel that sacrifices the qualities that make a franchise relevant in order to crack tired jokes about millennials instead. Director Tim story's confusingly title shaft it is a bit like Austin Powers that is if that movie had aspired to convince you that Austin was little retrograde. Avoid watching the movie or will be completely tortured.
Sincerely saying I absolutely loved SHAFT. Movie is funny, entertaining and lots of action. Work by Regina Hall is fantastic and definitely she's a comedy queen. She has some amazing scenes in the movie that make you laugh out loud. So much comedy in an action film as this one I’ve watched tonight! A must see! Samuel L Jackson at his best.
Shaft was an average movie and could not live up to its expectations. It had some funny and entertaining scenes (though some of the lines can be a bit too much for some people). But Samuel L Jackson did a good job in the movie. Personally I would not suggest to go and watch the movie in the movie theatre .
The shaft is an awesome movie. Disclaimer first I am a big fan of Samuel l Jackson, so maybe I am little bit biased. But there is comedy and action here both in a good way. But guys will like it more. And it has old action movie type action vibe and Samuel l Jackson doing what he does best.
An enjoyable but nevertheless quite silly and average remake of the classic television show has the new John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) beating up a white racist (Christian Bale) and getting booted off of the police force. Everyone in this film is a racist - primarily the whites - and this whole idea is way too forced. The language and violence is rough, yet the film itself is quite goofy, with not many good scenes and only a few mediocre action sequences. The moral is somewhat depressing: if someone wrongs you, or someone of your race, then beat them up and kill them once they reappear. Richard Roundtree's cameo helps a bit, but regardless, this SHAFT is still only "good" at best.
This movie proves that the "it can't be bad if _______is in it" idea is a lie. Even the great Samuel L. Jackson can't carry this turd. He's perfect for the part, but the cheesy clichés and awful stereotyping is impossible to watch. It's embarrassing that good actors (Vanessa Williams not included) lent their skills to such an awful picture. Obvious and outward police racism that nobody could get away with (today, anyway) is commonplace, but ignored by everyone BUT Shaft. I know it's a sequel (of sorts) to the original, but even Jackson and a talented cast can't pull it off. No spoilers... Just, don't watch. You'll never get this time back.
I absolutely loved SHAFT. Funny, entertaining and lots of action. Regina Hall is a comedy queen. She has some amazing scenes in the movie that make you laugh out loud. Samuel L Jackson delivers as only he can. I highly recommend it if you want a laugh and with some action. Music is phenomenal as well. Going through all those tunes brought me back along with some new emerging artists. I’m definitely going to listen to the soundtrack.
The Shaft 2019 movie was awesome! A perfect combination between action and comedy. It stayed true to the 70s bravado while poking fun of today’s political correctness. Anyone 30+ will enjoy the nod to the original. This is definitely better than the first reboot. I never listen to critics so their views had no impact on my interests, if you’re on the fence just go see it. I plan to go again this week.
This is one of those films that is becoming more common now-a-days, that attempts to be both a sequel and reboot. It kind of fits into the continuity of the 2000 Shaft film while making the shift from an action film to a full comedy. This movie didn't really work for me. There are a few funny lines, mostly the ones that made the trailer, but most of the jokes don't land. Shaft and his son's constant sparring because of their generational differences is basically shoved down the audience's throats. Though Samuel L. Jackson and Usher do a good job of playing the two leads as they were meant to, they can't elevate the material. The character of Shaft's ex-wife (Regina Hall) also seems to have some very poorly written dialogue. The whole plot is fairly predictable. The main villain is so paper thin that he might as well be a prop. I did think that both the opening intro to Shaft Jr. and his motivations for becoming involved in the plot's criminal investigation are well-handled. Also, the film does look nice. Overall, I guess that the movie's greatest flaw to me is that it is just too obvious. I had trouble having fun because the movie was too aggressive in insisting that I do.
This version of Shaft was a perfect merging of the past 50 years of action movies. It had credible action scenes, a love story and many modern cultural references but most importantly, a strong father and son relationship immersed in misunderstandings and eventually love.
Cannot stress to you how incredibly funny this movie was from start to finish! Action too! Strong father and Son bond! I honestly never saw the first one from 2000 until last night when my friend and I caught the new one today! Besides the graphic language and sex and violence, the movie killed it with the comedy! I have never seen so much comedy in an action film like this one I’ve watched tonight! A must see! Samuel L Jackson at his best! I liked how they brought the old man back from the 1971 version of Shaft who played Jackson’s father. Now left you hanging with Grandpa, Dad and Son! Trust me! You are not wasting your money! This made 5 stars in my rating! It’s the Comedy that killed this movie!
A royal insult to a blaxploitation icon, Shaft sees former Fantastic Four ruiner Tim Story mucking up another beloved property to deliver a horrendously regressive and wildly tone-deaf disaster of a belated sequel peppered with obnoxious characters, tired jokes, uninspired direction, a plot that's on autopilot, and a condescending, needlessly mean-spirited tone that has the whole thing feel like it was made by Baby Boomers who constantly complain about "sensitive snowflakes" and wish things were more like the "good old days" because they're too scared of evolving with the times.
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