Inspired by corny martial art classics within the blaxploitation genre (which I just discovered is an actual genre thanks to this) such as Superfly and The Mack: Black Dynamite is a modern day homage to a genre I've seen a lot of, and I wish I could remember the titles of all I've seen! That'd be pretty reverent to this one review, but it was a long time ago, movies from before my time that I watched at the dawn of my martial-art-fixated youth. As for the plot:
This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man [as in the government] killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House..
Michael Jai White wrote part of the screenplay, and acts the main character, and he does an awesome job at is. As does everyone else. The movie intentionally looks like a B-movie, with scenes like the same burning car rolling down a hill for two different car crashes and a tear disappearing and reappearing on a characters face, and camera movement that pans in and out as characters enter, leave or put on their stone cold killer face after bashing a thug in the head with a... fistful of fury!
The action's intense, the monologue is overflowing with emotion (another intentional but surprisingly effective B-movie trait when you have a set of good actors), the babes are plentiful, one character rhymes his lines, the background music is jazzy and gritty - with custom-made lyrics soulfully sang and shouted out for different scenes (how many movies have a soundtrack like that?!) and the script is so riddled with stereotypes being broken and filming techniques intentionally used within the movie that... well it's just something else. It's something worth watching! It packs a bite: Black Dynamite!
Can you dig it?
rated 4/5: fo shizzle