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Shaft

Year: 2000
Studio: Paramount
Director: John Singleton
Producer: John Singleton
Writer: John Singleton
Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Dan Hedaya, Richard Roundtree

Didn't the song say 'a sex machine with all the chicks?' John Singleton (or maybe a studio hoping to court a younger audience) forgot all about it in this toothless retread that once again proves Samuel L Motherfucking Jackson's cool isn't enough to carry a movie.

It's not really an origin story or a icon-cementing story, it's just a day in the life of too cool for New York school cop John Shaft (Jackson), nephew to the living legend - played again by original Richard Roundtree as he was in the TV series.

Christian Bale before he was an A-lister gives it his considerable all as a racist golden child who's family connections place him above the law after a racially motivated murder, while Ton Collette - then only just making it big in Hollywood - phones it in as the only witness.

All auspices of cool are jettisoned early as if they wanted to front load the movie with the right branding before Jackson is left playing the same role as a million other cop-a-likes who take the law into their own hands to see justice done.

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