The narration in the beginning of the film gives viewers a wonderful insight on the lives of the old and new generation of Gary, Indiana and the problems that led to the deterioration of the city. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. This is driven by action and style and there is plenty of itto go around. I did enjoy the movie enough to watch it a couple times. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the.
We've got Richard Roundtree , Jim Brown , Ron O' Neal , Pam Grier and Fred Williamson basically every mainstay from the blaxploitation movies from the 1970s. It may be valuable as an explication of generation gaps in black culture. This isthe same gang that our heroes founded in the 70's as a protection gang,that has de evolved to its current incarnation as Gary, Indiana hasbecome economically depressed, crime and violence has been on the rise. The most harrowing part was infiltrating drug operations in China, where most of these chemicals are made. For instance, Fred Williamson, who produced, seems to have forgotten thatthere were other great actors from that era. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up.
That's when the legendary football player John Bookman Fred Williamson shows up to kick ass and take names. I have always been a big fan of the blaxsploitation genre of the 70'sand Original Gangsta's brings back most of the genre's biggest starsfor this ensemble cast 90's action flick. I'm very proud of this book, so stay tuned for more updates and please subscribe to my mailing list at the bottom of. The book discusses the opioid crisis and focuses on the rise of fentanyl and other new drugs like K2 and Spice , and for it I traveled all over the world, meeting everyone from addicts to kingpins. I did not care much for the story and its action sceneswith unvariably high death tolls, but I must admit that this movierealistically highlights in a specific place a specific problem that isdisquieting and difficult to solve. The charm of the film lies in the cast, which looks a dream team for any fans of the 1970's blaxploitaion films.
On the other hand, the younger guys in this movie didn't seem to know how to act at all. With that said, the dialogue is above average. You have to wonder who this movie was aimed at, since it shows a bunch of old dudes killing young gang members, bad mouthing them and telling them to behave. This film is full of great one-liners you can playfully recite with your friends while conversing at Chuck-E-Cheese. Disappointingly, Pam Grier is given second banana status and doesn't kick that much ass, or sexily vamp it up like she did in her 70s classics. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right.
The movie takes place in the Hammer's hometown of Gary, Indiana. The guys were very funny, and I am extremely grateful for their support. At age 58, he still isplenty tough and cool in this and is one of my favorite performancesfor sure. And this is how the movie plays out. The soundtrack takes a different approach than the film.
. The stars are as engaging as ever if a bit long in the tooth , but Richard Roundtree's fans will be disappointed with his very minor part. This is something like a re-union party of the so-called blaxploitation film stars, which shows the whole world that those guys and ladies are still sexy and strong enough to teach some lessons to the young, disrespectful punks in the neighborhood of the city of Gary, Indiana. The music is appropriately eclectic, weaving between smooth soul and gritty, street-oriented gangsta rap from newcomers like and , as well as veterans like , , and. The movie should have chosen one approach or the other. Most of the action happens after a promising athlete gets gunned down in a phone booth after a hustle gone wrong. In this very stylish 90's flickformer old school heavies reunite to bring street justice and reclaimtheir neighborhood from ruthless dope pushing gang, The Rebels.
However, this all-star cast of blaxploitationveterans making their first film together rarely jells. Instead of bringing back '70s soul stars, it is filled with hip-hop stars that update '70s soul and funk for the '90s. The interview gets into my infiltration of Chinese drug labs, as well as the opioid crisis and new drugs like K2 and Spice. There are a lot of goodpeople there who are trying to make things better, but aren't having alot of success. Thegangs may be different but crime is still rampant. Original Gangstas is pretty much The Expendables for theblaxsploitation genre and I personally like this movie a lot. The drama continues when the elderly owner of a grocery store is severely beaten and hospitalized shortly after.
She was oneof the first female action stars in Hollywood. Not a complete failure but overall a major disappointment considering thisis the first and only film these stars have been in together no chance fora reunion with O'Neal's recent passing. Whoever wrote this film should have given thought to the reasons why thebest blaxploitation epics worked. People aredesperate, they don't see a future and the affiliation of youngsters to agang appears for many to be the only way to survive. You can hardly tell it's O'Neal.
Heassembles his old, middle aged buddies plus Pam Grier! The movie explores issues of race, class, urban decay and gang violence in a ham-fisted, unconvincing way. Other great character actors -- Robert Forster, Charles Napier, Wings Hauser-- are featured but have little to do but act like cartoon characters. The film also stars Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Paul Winfield, Ron O'Neal, Isabel Sanford and Christopher B. After a reasonably strong start, the film unravels in a myriad of awful dialog, uninteresting subplots and a lack of action. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. It has great potential and the theme of abandoning your roots frequentlypops up -- giving potential for further plot development which most actionfilms do not even approach. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police.
When a bunch of young, ignorant pranksters initiate a crime wave within the city, the Hammer decides to take matters into his own hands. Original Gangstas is as resolute as the people and ideas it sets out to profile, and that is no small feat. A veteran cast make this update of the blaxploitation genre worth watching. It's really a shame, it was a beautiful city at onetime. In fact, theintroductory scene with O'Neal is shown completely in long shot. At times, this movie comes off like it was produced by some Mickey Mouse operation based out of the Cayman Islands. Thanks a ton to Ben for having me on! Who wouldn't want to see Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Pam Grier -- they of '70s blaxploitation action fame -- back kickin' some butt again.