6.01 h 39 min2000X-RayR
To stop a racist killer, Shaft's got to track down the only eyewitness that can put him behind bars. As Shaft closes in, so does the danger.
John Singleton
Samuel L. JacksonVanessa L. WilliamsJeffrey Wright
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Christian BaleBusta Rhymes
Scott RudinJohn SingletonAdam SchroederPaul Hall
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3203 global ratings

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BrewMAJReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
I got played, but...
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I thought I was buying the 2019 Shaft, but as it turns out, this is the 2000 Shaft - exact same name and still has Samuel L. Jackson. As it turns out, I never saw this one and it was an excellent movie. Not at all sorry I bought it. I was blown away by Jeffrey Wright's performance. My wife kept asking how did they make Christian Bale look so young, but since this is a 19 year old movie, I guess that's how. I probably should have giving five stars, but I still feel duped.
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Jim TrentReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fairly decent representation of the original.
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I always like it when they have cameos from the original actors. The problem with remakes is that far too often they are made by people who never watched the originals except for right before they make the remake. So they don't have the nostalgia and do not care if it is true to the original.

The reason why so many remakes fall apart is because of wokeness or not being true to the original. Not that wokeness would ever allow it but could you imagine how bad this movie would be if it was played by a white, asian or hispanic person? It would detract from the whole movie. That's why people are upset when white characters are replaced with non white actors. You grow up used to a certain thing. Make new characters and movies not rewrite previous.

Anyway, the movie was good and had the Shaft feel to it. Thankfully they didn't redo the song and try and "update" it. That is another thing that annoys some.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's fun just to watch Jackson cop an attitude
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This was based off the iconic 1970s blaxploitation film Shaft this time starring Samuel L. Jackson in the lead. It was made by John Singleton and had Shaft being a New York City cop instead of a private detective like in the original. His case involves a possible racist murder by a wealthy trust fund kid named Walter Wade Jr. (Christian Bale).

Jackson is great at these roles because he gets to show some attitude. When he arrests Wade for instance he punches him for a racist comment he made about his victim. When his boss tells him he’s off the case he punches Wade a second time to be defiant. He gets to show that attitude not only with the crooks but with some fellow cops as well.

The movie has a good mix of Jackson acting the tough guy, chasing after Wade and a witness, and some action.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Mutha..."Shut yo mouth" Pretty good remake!
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All I can say is that this movie really gets you involved with the characters. I found myself engaged, that rarely happens. Sam L. Jackson is an awesome actor; no matter what movie I buy, if he is the leading character, I am never disappointed. I've seen both the original and I really enjoyed this updated version because John Singleton has captured the tempo and continual racial problems in today's New York City...artistically, music is still the best (from original film) and the acting couldn't be better. Even if you're not old enough to have seen the original, this should be a must watch on anybody's list!
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Looking CloserReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Feel lke I got the shaft
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Disappointing story with S. L. Jackson doing his usual thing, though as always he is entertaining. The script cliches, however, were deadlier than Shaft. Writing is akin to a 1980s' TV movie: the bad guys can't aim their guns. The worst was the scenario. Shaft rightfully follows up on a senseless and brutal act of racism; but did so many people have to die to bring the assailant to justice? Shaft's instigation created a bloodbath, when all he had to do was track down the bad guy, who didn't even hide so we well. Even the witness's life took a downturn when Shaft got involved. I guess if you want justice, you end up getting the Shaft!
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Chelli BrowneReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Love this movie - love this Samuel Jackson actor. This was such a great movie that I bought it twice, one in VHS, now in DVD. Saw it at least 7 times and ready to see again. Such a tough guy with heart, Shaft personifies what you expect a cop to be. Vanessa Williams is a great actress -- one of her best movie roles in my opinion. This role was one where she portrayed a plain working woman instead of a pretty role and she carried it brilliantly. Jeffrey Wright deserves loads of compliments for his role and it was a winning role -- he did such a great job as an Hispanic bad guy. Also Christian Bale was brilliant in his acting as the ultimate evil guy. The two bad cops were so good too. Oh yeah -- there were good guys portrayed by Richard Roundtree and Gordon Parks -- so glad to see them return from the first Shaft movie, great actor and director. And great acting by Busta Rhymes too. I just can't stop complimenting but got to before I tell the end of the movie.
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Karen Diane Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movies ever.
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I love this movie . My son and I watch it all the time. Highly recommend!!
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KevinReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shaft (2000)
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This is Paramount’s Shaft (2000). If you don’t have the other 4 Shaft films, probably get the collection that includes MGM’s Shaft (1971), Shaft’s Big Score, Shaft in Africa, and Warner Bros. Shaft (2019). There’s also a 7 episode TV show you can probably find somewhere too.
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