Plot: An American doctor, Ssali has arrived in Uganda, but almost as soon as he begins to look around, he is robbed by Bad Black, a local crime kingpin. But he doesn’t take the incident well, as his dog tags were taken in the heist and they’re priceless to him, so he seeks to reclaim his tags. As it turns out, a local street kid named Wesley Snipes knows there is a commando spirit inside Ssali, so he trains the doctor in the commando ways, no simple task. But as he trains to take on Bad Black’s forces, he also learns to tap into his inner commando and with the help of Wesley Snipes, perhaps he can at least not die instantly. Meanwhile, Bad Black runs into problems of her own, but how did she end up as a ghetto crime lord and will the secrets of her past be revealed before she becomes a victim of her own streets?
Entertainment Value: This is one hell of a wild ride, an insanely over the top action movie with few resources, but massive entertainment. Bad Black is one of the movies out of Wakaliwood, beyond low budget productions that rely on creativity, passion, and a love of action to overcome some massive obstacles. I’ve read the area where the movies are made only have access to electricity a few days per week, so you can imagine how much of a challenge it would be to shoot a movie in those conditions, not to mention the other circumstances involved. But Bad Black explodes with screen presence and an energy few movies can even imagine, a total passion for action movies that comes across in every scene. The best word to describe Bad Black is fun, as it is just an absolute blast to watch and despite a run time of around 70 minutes, is loaded with action scenes, wild dialogue, and colorful characters. The narrative is fine, but the real story is told by V.J. Emmie, who provides an insane, super fun running commentary, a combination of hype man, travelogue host, and enthusiastic action fan. This is simply the kind of all out madness you rarely see, even in indie movies, an experience that delivers entertainment with every single second. If you’re a fan of action movies or outsider cinema, Bad Black is highly, highly recommended.
No nakedness. Bad Black is a seductive killer and there are scenes with a women in prison vibe, but no sleaze here. Given the sheer volume of action and chaos on screen however, you aren’t likely to even notice. There is some bloodshed, from shootouts and some martial arts style showdowns, but it is by no means graphic and never turns to the gore end of the spectrum. I think a few scenes involve light practical blood, but for the most part, it is CGI and while it doesn’t look effective, it is as good as a lot of other movies I’ve seen. And in truth, since Bad Black embraces its DIY roots with massive enthusiasm, the laughable CGI is part of the fun. The action scenes also include chases, both on foot and in vehicles, though I think the fight scenes are the highlights. But regardless of what kind of action is unfolding on screen, it is approached with high energy and a cast that goes for broke. As for dialogue, the movie itself has a lot of wild, over the top lines and exchanges, but it is V.J. Emmie who steals the show in this department. He brings a level of hype and excitement to the experience, filling in story elements, making jokes, and just celebrating the action scenes. His commentary is loaded with hilarious, quotable lines and ramps the score up a lot. As for craziness, Bad Black delivers here too, with outlandish dialogue, wild action scenes, colorful characters, and a chaotic, anything could happen vibe throughout.
Overall Insanity: 8/10