Director: Scott Sanders | Rated: R | Review date: 20-Feb-2010
Long-barreled revolvers, kung-fu, and funky pimps are the key ingredients to Black Dynamite, starring (and also co-written by) Michael Jai White. Black Dynamite (White) is ex-CIA; back on the streets to get revenge after his brother is murdered by the Man. In his rampage, Dynamite discovers the pool of corruption and conspiracy by the Man to keep the black people down. White is hilarious as the title character, keeping a serious face during the most obnoxious of moments. White’s cut physique and nicely choreographed kung fu moves make him the ideal action hero, but once this movie begins we know that’s far from what’s in store. The movie’s full of groovy one-liners and black stereotypes. The filmmakers even intentionally throw in some goofs to keep things from feeling too serious, such as visible boom mics and blatant continuity errors. Black Dynamite is a great throwback to the blaxploitation flicks of the 70s, and could almost even be mistaken as being made in the 70s. This film is one of the most thoroughly entertaining comedies that I’ve seen in the past few years, and it comes with some superb, albeit hilarious, action scenes.