“Shaft” is a pretty typical cop film. The casting is a no-brainer, as Samuel Jackson is the only modern actor cool enough to play this character. I was surprised to see Christian Bale and he played the villain to perfection. The story is fine - criminal cheats the system, vigilante tracks him down, corrupt cops try to make a little extra on the side, get tangled up with another criminal, bad guys lose. It is formulaic (even down to Dan Hedaya playing a Brooklyn-accented corrupt cop), but it puts Jackson into all of the right situations. The language was a bit excessive though not out of place with the amount of blood shown. I didn’t have the highest expectation for “Shaft,” but it was worth seeing just to hear Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” during the opening credits and to watch Jackson kick butt.
[Pictured: ..."Dang right."]