Back in prehistoric times, John Shaft was the role model if you was a nice guy, Priest from Superfly was the man if you was dreaming of livin' the life. Shaft's Big Score the followup to the Cool Black crimefighter series, is a slickened up version of the much more grittier original. Still, the bad ... gets off. The climatic chase has been "rescene" in dozens of later films from Hollywood and around the world and Mr. Parks still doesn't get the proper props for bringing to the screen a cultural icon that despite time and Singleton's "nephew" is still the Man. The late Reverend O.C. Smith is too countrified for singing a Big City theme but the powers the be didn't want to pay Isaac"Black Moses-Voice of ... Reason Chef from South Park" Hayes asking price. But there is a tease of what it might of been in the club scene where somebodys' girlfriend swirls to the early '70s funk. Never mind the usher pass the joint and hand me the gin Shaft Big Score is smokin' Jim.
I thought this flick was a cut above the original "Shaft". With star Richard Roundtree and director Gordon Parks returning they've upped the ante here. Roundtree feels more at home in his leather and turtlenecks and he's been blessed with a better story that involves him manipulating different mob factions with a cache of money thrown into the mix. The flick concludes with a terrifically conceived chase scene that involves fast cars, speedboats, and helicopters that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. This is popcorn entertainment of the best kind!
Black and white mobsters eyeing the lucrative numbers market in Queens square off in this nice action film that has more going for it than the original movie a year earlier. Richard Roundtree reprises his role as the tough, sexy private eye who manages to make the ladies swoon and the gangsters look for ways to eliminate him once and for all. The action scenes are good but the final chase sequence, while entertaining, drags on a bit too long and runs out of steam before the explosive ending. O.C. Smith sings the theme song but one wonders what happened to Isaac Hayes and his great vocals and instrumentals? Still, this picture is one of the best blaxploitation films that were quite the rage back in the day.
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