After a career on the sidelines, Michael Jai White ascends to lead this superlative send-up of the blaxploitation genre.
As the titular ex-CIA man, White reveals comic talents to match his martial artistry, delivering one-liners and roundhouse kicks with the same killer precision.
A revenge quest that leads from the LA streets to Kung Fu Island and beyond, the plot is a mere hook on which director Scott Sanders hangs an affectionate, painstakingly accurate take-down of genre tropes, from OTT zooms to visible boom mikes.
Some of the gags will be lost on those who don’t know their Shaft from their Super Fly, but for the initiated this is flawless spoofery – see it and spend the rest of the year quoting lines to anyone who’ll listen. Y’dig?