Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite

A film by Scott Sanders
Starring Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson and Michael Jai White

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it’s up to him to find justice.

The city streets explode into violence when “The Man” kills Black Dynamite’s (Michael Jai White) brother in this seamless recreation of the blaxploitation classics of the 1970s. He was the best agent that the CIA ever had, but these days Black Dynamite only answers to one boss—himself. When “The Man” ices Black Dynamite’s brother, starts pumping heroin into the local orphanage, and floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as common malt liquor, the car chases, gunfights, and shirtless brawls that follow prove wild enough to make even Dolemite green with envy.

Black Dynamite has endless fun with the swollen-chested too-muchness of the eponymous character, whose comic obliviousness is Leslie Nielsen-esque. But the script, by Sanders, White, and Byron Minns, also constructs a satisfyingly opaque conspiracy around smack dealers, U.S.-approved malt liquor, and Tricky Dick himself. —Scott Tobias


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