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Superfly

Superfly
Starring:
Trevor Jackson, and Jason Mitchell


Rated: R for violence and language throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, and drug content.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 13, 2018 Released by: Sony Pictures

This reinterpretation of a 1972 Blaxploitation cult hit (split into two words) doesn't carry much modern distinction with it; apart from crudeness regarding racial inequality and unaccounted violence. Where's the vibrant narrative during a heightened awareness of diversity and 'Black Lives Matter?' In an industry where many obstacles still need to be overcome.

Catering to a wider urban sect Superfly isn't very coherent with a setting of Atlanta instead of Harlem busting into bloodlust with an unsettling gritty realism. It's entrenched in an era well before Confederate monuments and cyber-currency were in the headlines with not much of a provocative, refreshing spin.

In this vacuous rendition (that has style to burn like other films in the genre, say, Belly, for example) from nom de plume Director X (whose real name is Julian Christian Lutz), the Ron O'Neal role is taken over by Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest (check out the do). Priest is looking to exit the world of drug-dealing on his terms; when it comes to that 'one last job'. Though shootouts and mayhem are apparently the only way to safely moving forward to luxury.

Jason Mitchell of Straight Outta Compton and Mudbound does his best to embrace a perilous milieu with a high body count as Priest's voluble right-hand man, Eddie. Once a low-level Big Easy drug-pusher himself, Mitchell is a veritable scene-stealer within all that's uninspiring and despondent. Somehow he managed to avoid the brutal exchanges in transitioning into a thespian life.

X marks his spot in ways that exhibit what studio executives are still looking for when it comes to blazing action, music that shamefully, as well as thoughtlessly, hits home by viciously taking it to the streets with irredeemable antiheroes. Superfly could have spared its egregiousness for a more sensible opportunism into the ethical quandaries now as well when the original brought some uniqueness to the mix.

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