1 hour, 30 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content.
Michael Jai White ... Black Dynamite
Arsenio Hall ... Tasty Freeze
Tommy Davidson ... Cream Corn
Kevin Chapman ... O'Leary
Richard Edson ... Dino
Darrel Heath ... Militant 2
Buddy Lewis ... Gunsmoke
In 1970's drug-ridden Los Angeles, muscled ladies' man Black Dynamite
(Michael Jai White "The Dark Knight") is a legend. When his brother
is murdered in a drug deal gone wrong, he teams with his former CIA
colleague O'Leary (Kevin Chapman "Mystic River") to solve the mystery. He gets help from his
pals, the flaming Cream Corn (Tommy Davidson "Bamboozled") and tough-guy Bullhorn (Byron Minns "Double Bang"), but he also has time to romance the orphanage activist Gloria
(Salli Richardson "I Am Legend"). The trail to the killer also leads him through the kung fu
treachery of the fiendish Dr Wu (Roger Yuan "Syriana") and right to the door of Richard Nixon's White
Writer/director Scott Sanders ("Thick as Thieves") continually finds
ingenious ways around his limited budget and hilariously captures the
period with a production that's packed with
gigantic afros, huge jewelry, pimp-mobiles and costumes all of which brilliantly capture the period. The grainy cinematography struggles amusingly to keep up with Dynamite's quick moves, and the
film is packed with wobbly camerawork, groovy songs, a barrage of hilarious musical stings, and lots of 1970's
split screen effects.
And then there's the unapologetically absurd dialog, which is
delivered with straight-faced precision by
the game cast. White is almost always shirtless, flexing his
muscles and riotously growling his way through each scene, punctuating
most lines with "Can you dig it?" Black Dynamite's way with the ladies
is superbly well-played, generating terrific chemistry with all his women. And a wild array of supporting characters all manage to deliver big laughs.
inventiveness seems to dry up about halfway through when the movie
gets bogged down in its irrelevant plot and the same
jokes come around for a second appearance so that by the
end, you realize that the whole thing might have worked better as a comedy sketch on SNL. Still it's a lot of fun and you'll laugh or at least smile a lot.