Review by Monique Thompson
STARRING: SAMUEL L JACKSON, JESSIE USHER, REGINA HALL, RICHARD ROUNDTREE, ALEXANDRA SHIPP
When his best friend dies under mysterious circumstances, an FBI cyber security expert joins forces with his father — the legendary cop John Shaft — to scour the streets of Harlem, N.Y., and uncover the truth.
SHAFT is back with another installment, this time centered around basically the 3rd/4th generation to Richard Roundtree’s original 1970s character. In this installment, JJ is an FBI agent and cyber security expert with a degree from MIT who’s determined to help solve his best friend’s untimely death.
This SHAFT is obviously nothing in comparison to Richard Roundtree edition, or even Samuel L. Jackson’s SHAFT. There’s plenty of laughs to go around as it seems the comedic route is the films main focus. While the film is certainly fun, there’s nothing overly spectacular here to make it a memorable favorite. Still, no one and nothing can top the Isaac Hayes theme song.
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