Plot: Priest (Trevor Jackson) has built an empire on the street, a business that runs like clockwork and earns him immense income, not to mention respect. He commands the kind of presence that countless peers can only dream of, but he has grown tired of the lifestyle and the drama it brings. He has two women he holds to his heart and he would love to leave the street clean, with enough cash to start over and build a new life with his true loves. Of course, leaving a street crime syndicate is easier said than done, but Priest has a plan. One final score would be enough to make it happen, though he has to go around his own personal mentor and break cardinal rules of the business to even have a chance. But can Priest truly exit the dangerous world of the street as he hopes, or will he find out that no one gets out clean?
Entertainment Value: This reboot of Super Fly had a tough act to follow, as the original was an iconic slice of blaxploitation cinema. While this remake keeps the narrative close to the original, it also throws in plenty of new twists and switches things up often, so it feels like a new spin, rather than a slavish remake. The tone is darker and more brutal, but retains a lot of the old school blaxploitation texture, which helped reel me in as a viewer. The narrative is denser this time around, with more moving pieces and turns involved, so the two hour duration is never slow and little time feels wasted. While there is more narrative depth here, there is also no lack of style, with remarkable visuals, wardrobe, and soundtrack elements. As I said, this feels like a modern spin on the blaxploitation formula and has the kind of violence, sex, and bad ass moments you’d expect from the genre. As with the original, the reboot is more style than substance, but it is also a fun watch.
The movie has some solid sleaze, with scantily clad dancers twerking on a regular basis, as well as some all out nakedness. This includes several topless scenes and a threesome shower sequence, with bare breasts and asses. The shower scene isn’t graphic, but it does go on for a quite a while, longer than most sex scenes from this era. I was glad to see some sleaze present here, as that helps bolster the blaxploitation vibe and it feels appropriate for the material. This one is generous with the violence, from martial arts style fight sequences to chase scenes to wild shootouts. The blood flows often, but it is CGI in most scenes and doesn’t look too believable. Some scenes work better than others, but even the CGI effects can’t dampen the otherwise stylish action here. I appreciated the bursts of sudden, brutal violence and again, I felt like this approach kept it rooted in the blaxploitation tradition. The dialogue is fine, with tough guy talk and even some tough girl talk, but not a lot stands out as overly memorable. As for craziness, the violence, sex, and wild situations earn some points and overall, I think it does the old school genre movies this kind justice.
Overall Insanity: 4/10