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cinematically_RB
speaking_VBG
,_,
gordon_NP
parks_NNS
'_"
original_JJ
1971_CD
_shaft__???
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
._.
a_DT
bit_NN
slow_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
and_CC
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
little_JJ
rough_JJ
around_IN
the_DT
edges_NNS
as_IN
it_PP
builds_VBZ
to_IN
its_PP$
climactic_JJ
explosion_NN
of_IN
violent_JJ
action_NN
,_,
this_DT
spirited_JJ
but_CC
formulaic_JJ
yarn_NN
that_CS
initially_RB
brought_VBN
ernest_NP
tidyman_NN
's_POS
"_"
black_JJ
private_JJ
dick_NP
that_CS
's_BEZ
a_DT
sex_NN
machine_NN
to_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
chicks_NNS
"_"
to_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
hardly_RB
qualifies_NNS
as_IN
groundbreaking_VBG
filmmaking_NN
._.
yet_RB
nearly_RB
1971_CD
years_NNS
after_IN
its_PP$
original_JJ
release--and_NN
long_JJ
after_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
it_PP
spawned_VBD
,_,
"_"
blaxploitation_NP
,_,
"_"
died_VBD
with_IN
that_DT
decade--the_NP
1971_CD
_shaft__???
remains_NNS
an_DT
extremely_RB
entertaining_JJ
watch_NN
,_,
never_RB
having_HVG
completely_RB
escaped_VBN
pop_NN
culture_NN
consciousness_NN
._.
the_DT
reason_NN
for_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
same_DT
one_CD
that_CS
explains_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
connection_NN
with_IN
moviegoers_NNS
far_RB
beyond_IN
the_DT
target_NN
african-american_JJ
audience_NN
:_:
the_DT
title_NN
character_NN
of_IN
john_NP
shaft_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
the_DT
strong_JJ
,_,
smart_JJ
,_,
virile_JJ
,_,
and_CC
superbly_RB
suave_JJ
shaft_NN
is_BEZ
black_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
primary_JJ
factor_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
historical_JJ
and_CC
cultural_JJ
significance_NN
,_,
his_PP$
broad-based_JJ
appeal_NN
stems_NNS
from_IN
an_DT
idea_NN
that_CS
transcends_NNS
race_NN
:_:
he_PP
is_BEZ
comfortable_JJ
,_,
confident_JJ
,_,
and_CC
proud_JJ
about_IN
who_WP
he_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
and_CC
anyone_PN
who_WP
had_HVD
a_DT
problem_NN
with_IN
that_DT
could_MD
simply_RB
kiss_VB
his_PP$
ass_NN
._.
this_DT
fact_NN
also_RB
explains_VBZ
why_WRB
john_NP
singleton_NP
's_POS
y2g_???
revival_NN
of_IN
john_NP
shaft_NN
is_BEZ
as_CS
enjoyable_JJ
as_IN
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.
much_DT
like_IN
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
started_VBD
the_DT
franchise_NN
,_,
this_DT
_shaft__???
's_BEZ
plot_NN
doesn't_DOZ
score_VB
points_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
originality_NN
department_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
energy_NN
level_NN
and_CC
smooth_JJ
attitude_NN
distinguishes_VBZ
it_PP
from_IN
standard_NN
crime_NN
thrillers_NNS
._.
contrary_NN
to_IN
what_WDT
has_HVZ
been_BEN
reported_VBN
over_IN
the_DT
past_NN
few_DT
months_NNS
,_,
this_DT
_shaft__???
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
remake_VB
of_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
sequel_NN
/_SYM
spinoff_NN
._.
the_DT
star_NN
audiences_NNS
know_VB
and_CC
love_VB
from_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
film_NN
and_CC
its_PP$
first_OD
two_CD
sequels_NNS
(_(
1973_CD
's_NNS
_shaft's_big_score_IN
!_!
__???
and_CC
1973_CD
's_BEZ
_shaft_in_africa__???
)_(
,_,
richard_NP
roundtree_NP
,_,
once_RB
again_RB
plays_VBZ
john_NP
shaft_NN
,_,
who_WP
still_RB
runs_VBZ
a_DT
private_JJ
investigation_NN
firm_NN
in_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
focus_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
lies_VBZ
on_IN
his_PP$
same-named_JJ
nephew_NN
(_(
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
)_(
,_,
who_NP
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
begins_VBZ
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
cop_NN
whose_WP$
take-no-crap_NN
demeanor_NP
constantly_RB
leaves_VBZ
him_PP
at_IN
odds_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
superiors_NNS
._.
when_CS
a_DT
privileged_JJ
young_JJ
man_NN
named_VBN
walter_NP
wade_NP
jr_JJ
._.
(_(
christian_NP
bale_NN
)_)
accused_VBD
of_IN
a_DT
brutal_JJ
,_,
racially-motivated_VBN
murder_NN
is_BEZ
allowed_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
released_JJ
on_IN
bail_NN
,_,
a_DT
disgusted_JJ
shaft_NN
leaves_NNS
the_DT
force_NN
and_CC
decides_VBZ
to_TO
take_VB
matters_NNS
into_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
hands_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
p_NN
._.
i_PP
._.
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
easier_JJR
said_JJ
than_CS
done_DON
,_,
for_IN
also_RB
standing_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
shaft_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
way_NN
of_IN
justice_NN
is_BEZ
peoples_NNS
hernandez_NP
(_(
jeffrey_NP
wright_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
dominican_JJ
gangster_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
hired_JJ
by_IN
walter_NP
to_IN
rub_VB
out_RP
waitress_NN
diane_NN
palmieri_NP
(_(
toni_NP
collette_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
only_JJ
eyewitness_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
crime_NN
._.
peoples--or_???
,_,
rather_RB
,_,
wright_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
the_DT
big_JJ
obstacle_NN
in_IN
jackson_NP
's_POS
way_NN
toward_IN
commanding_JJ
this_DT
film_NN
._.
peoples_NNS
is_BEZ
more_DT
of_IN
an_DT
outrageous_JJ
comic_NN
character_NN
for_IN
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
running_JJ
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
wright_NP
is_BEZ
insanely_RB
funny_JJ
during_IN
these_DT
stages_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
so_RB
funny_JJ
as_CS
to_TO
make_VB
the_DT
character_NN
come_VB
off_RP
as_IN
goofy_JJ
and_CC
buffoonish_JJ
,_,
and_CC
peoples_NNS
'_"
eventual_JJ
turn_NN
to_IN
more_DT
serious_JJ
villainy_NN
is_BEZ
seamless_NN
and_CC
believable_JJ
(_(
which_WDT
probably_RB
would_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
been_BEN
the_DT
case_NN
had_HVD
he_PP
been_BEN
played_VBN
by_IN
original_JJ
casting_NN
choice_NN
john_NP
leguizamo_NN
,_,
who_WP
bowed_VBD
out_RP
before_IN
filming_VBG
)_)
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
no_DT
easy_JJ
task_NN
to_IN
steal_VB
a_NP
film_NN
from_IN
the_DT
jackson_NP
(_(
who_WP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
usual_JJ
captivating_JJ
,_,
charismatic_JJ
self_NN
here_RB
)_)
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
exactly_RB
what_WDT
wright_NP
does--and_NP
makes_VBZ
it_PP
seem_VB
effortless_JJ
._.
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
with_IN
such_DT
a_DT
talented_JJ
ensemble_NN
surrounding_JJ
him_PP
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
too_RB
surprising_JJ
that_CS
jackson_NP
's_POS
impressive_JJ
star_NN
turn_NN
doesn't_DOZ
quite_RB
tower_NN
over_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
;_;
he_PP
is_BEZ
strongly_RB
complemented_VBN
not_XNOT
only_RB
by_IN
wright_NP
but_CC
all_PDT
his_PP$
other_JJ
co-stars_NNS
._.
bale_NN
has_HVZ
already_RB
proven_VBN
his_PP$
ability_NN
to_IN
play_NN
an_DT
uppity_NN
killer_NN
in_IN
_american_psycho__???
,_,
so_CS
it_PP
only_RB
follows_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
performance_NN
as_IN
a_DT
similar_JJ
,_,
less_DT
exaggerated_JJ
character_NN
would_MD
be_BE
spot-on_???
._.
collette_NN
lends_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
some_DT
convincing_JJ
and_CC
welcome_JJ
dramatic_JJ
weight_NN
as_IN
the_DT
frightened_JJ
,_,
conflicted_VBN
diane_NP
._.
busta_NP
rhymes_NNS
brings_VBZ
some_DT
good_JJ
laughs_NNS
as_IN
shaft_NN
's_POS
sidekick_NN
rasaan_???
._.
registering_VBG
not_XNOT
as_IN
strongly--but_???
through_IN
no_NN
fault_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
own--are_NN
vanessa_NP
williams_NP
(_(
as_IN
tough_JJ
narcotics_NNS
cop_NN
carmen_NP
vasquez_NP
)_)
and_CC
a_DT
dismayingly_RB
underused_JJ
roundtree_NN
;_;
they_PP
simply_RB
are_BER
given_VBN
little_JJ
to_IN
do_DO
in_IN
the_DT
script_NN
credited_VBN
to_IN
richard_NP
price_NN
,_,
singleton_NP
,_,
and_CC
shane_NP
salerno_???
._.
(_)
jackson_NP
also_RB
has_HVZ
little_DT
to_TO
"_"
do_DO
"_"
in_CD
a_DT
sense_NN
;_;
some_DT
throwaway_NN
footage_NN
during_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
credits_NNS
aside_RB
,_,
his_PP$
shaft_NN
doesn't_DOZ
even_RB
have_HV
one_CD
sex_NN
scene_NN
._.
)_)
that_CS
singleton_NP
once_RB
again_RB
proves_VBZ
his_PP$
ability_NN
with_IN
actors_NNS
is_BEZ
an_DT
especially_RB
good_JJ
thing_NN
since_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
really_RB
an_DT
action_NN
director_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
he_PP
does_DOZ
a_DT
bad_JJ
job_NN
with_IN
the_DT
numerous_JJ
gunfights_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
requisite_JJ
foot_NN
and_CC
car_NN
chases_VBZ
._.
they_PP
move_VB
well_RB
(_(
as_CS
does_DOZ
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
)_)
and_CC
are_BER
reasonably_RB
exciting_JJ
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
that_DT
there_RB
's_POS
nothing_PN
terribly_RB
inventive_JJ
about_IN
them_PP
._.
these_DT
set_NN
pieces_NNS
are_BER
functional_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
:_:
they_PP
work_VB
well_RB
enough_RB
,_,
but_CC
they're_???
unsurprising_NN
and_CC
conventional_JJ
._.
but_CC
if_CS
there_EX
's_BEZ
anything_PN
that_CS
a_DT
_shaft__???
movie_NN
does_DOZ
well_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
make_NN
the_DT
familiar_JJ
look_NN
cool--and_NN
this_DT
_shaft__???
keeps_VBZ
that_CS
tradition_NN
alive_JJ
._.
from_IN
the_DT
slick_JJ
title_NN
sequence--scored_VBN
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
to_IN
isaac_NP
hayes_NP
'_"
ever-infectious_JJ
oscar-winning_NN
theme_NN
song_NN
,_,
which_WDT
singleton_NP
wisely_RB
sprinkles_NNS
throughout_IN
the_DT
film--on_???
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
looks_VBZ
great_JJ
and_CC
easily_RB
sweeps_VBZ
the_DT
viewer_NN
into_IN
its_PP$
world_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
energetic_JJ
bravado_NN
._.
even_RB
a_DT
common_JJ
visual_JJ
trick_NN
such_DT
as_CS
employing_JJ
fancy_NN
wipes_VBZ
for_IN
scene_NN
transitions_NNS
not_XNOT
only_RB
feels_VBZ
unforced_JJ
,_,
it_PP
feels_VBZ
necessary_JJ
._.
style_NN
doesn't_DOZ
exactly_RB
make_VB
for_IN
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
_shaft__???
,_,
that_CS
's_BEZ
of_IN
little_DT
consequence_NN
._.
what_WDT
matters_NNS
above_IN
all_PDT
else_RB
is_BEZ
having_HVG
a_DT
good_JJ
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
latest_JJS
_shaft__???
should_MD
be_BE
just_RB
the_DT
first_OD
of_IN
many_DT
fun_NN
rides_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
had_HVD
with_IN
this_DT
bad_JJ
mutha--shut_???
your_PP$
mouth_NN
._.
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