Shaft (2000)

Shaft (2000)

Shaft (2000)

Director John Singleton and Samuel L. Jackson team up for 2000's Shaft. This is kind of a remake of the 1971 original, but also a storyline continuation, making this canon fourth installment. 

New York police detective John Shaft (Jackson) arrests Walter Wade Jr. (Christian Bale) for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted.

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Variety

Variety

Few stars of late have displayed more sheer joy in a mainstream project than Jackson does here.

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BBC

BBC

Walter Wade is yet another triumph for Christian Bale, who humanises him by letting his insecurity seep through the ice-cold arrogance, but "Shaft" is finally Jackson's. He is such a good, soul-searching actor that he never lets "Shaft" just glide by on star charisma alone. One of the best character-based thrillers this year.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The current version tries awfully hard but with little success to create a Shaft for this day and age.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Is this a good movie? Not exactly; too much of it is on automatic pilot, as it must be, to satisfy the fans of the original Shaft.

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