No clever segues. I’ve seen the trailer a few times over the past few months, but know very little about the movie.
The movie looks like it’s about a young gangster who respected in his crew. Something or other happens that takes him to Mexico and faces against the cartels and might be something of a suicide mission.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Trevor Jackson (stuff I’ve never heard of), Michael Kenneth Williams (ASSASSIN’S CREED , CAPTIVE , and upcoming films THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT  and RUN WITH THE HUNTED ), Lex Scott Davis (stuff I’ve never heard of, and upcoming films THE FIRST PURGE  and FOSTER BOY ), and Jason Mitchell (DETROIT , KEANU , STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON , and the upcoming MUSTANG ). In support, we have Esai Morales (CAPRICA [2009 – 2010] and JERICHO [2006 – 2008]) and Jennifer Morrison (THE DARKNESS , ONCE UPON A TIME [2011 – 2018], and upcoming films ASSASSINATION NATION  and ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW )
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Director X., known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of. Penning the screenplay is Alex Tse, known for WATCHMEN (2009), and an earlier draft of the upcoming THE CROW (2019). Composing the score is Josh Atchley, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of. Finally, the cinematographer is Amir Mokri, known for ANON (2018), BIRTH OF THE DRAGON (2017), and PIXELS (2015). As of right now, I can’t find a credited editor.
Overall, I think this movie is going to be pretty boring. I’ve not seen the original blaxploitation film, but this just looks like another gang thriller. Let’s hope the performances are strong enough to pull it through.
This is my honest opinion of: SUPERFLY
Set in Atlanta. Priest (Trevor Jackson) is a young gangster who does his own thing and manages to stay on the good side of other gangs and their leaders. But after a brief scuffle with one man from the Snow Patrol, named Juju (Kaalan Walker), Priest decides that he wants out of his life of crime and starts putting together a plan to walk away.
Man, two for two bad gangster movies.
For one thing, the trailer may not have explicitly said this, but it looked like it was going to side-step the whole “one last score” type of story. But nope, that’s exactly what this story is. One last score. And it’s arguably the most boring I’ve seen in a long time.
However, the biggest problem with the movie is that it’s boring. Utterly, disgustingly boring. Tell me one thing about these characters because sure as hell can’t. Everyone’s a cardboard cutout of the genre. Priest wants out of the life because… he gets shot at? Well, that seems like thin reasoning as that’s sort of the life of a gangster, no matter how good you think you are. I don’t know anything about his girlfriends Georgia (Lex Scott Davis) and Cynthia (Andrea Londo), his friend Eddie (Jason Mitchell), Juju, nothing. Every character is just there to be a role in this kind of movie, not be someone that the audience will be interested in following.
Speaking of getting shot at, I get the whole “territorial” thing when it comes to gangs like this, but these people seem to be pretty civil with one another, or at least Priest is with the Snow Patrol’s leaders. So… what exactly is Juju’s problem with Priest? All I really picked up was that he didn’t like him… just because. Even when his own boss is telling him to leave Priest alone, it’s not enough. One would think that Priest murdered his entire family, but… nope, he’s just a little shit-stain who hates Priest for no reason.
I don’t even really follow the plot. Priest needs Gonzalez’s (Esai Morales) drugs in order to make a ton of money and… what leave the country? It looks like the dude’s amassed quite a bit of cash, so what’s holding him back as it stands? Why is Detective Mason (Jennifer Morrison) in the story? Because she needs someone to front… her product…? I’m just spit-balling here, I actually have no idea what she wants as a character. I mean, I like how bitchy and intimidating she is as a dirty cop, in fact, she kind of freaked me out a bit, but that’s all there is to her character. She simply exists to be a dirty cop. Nothing more. As there’s no character to invest in, I can’t find anything to care about.
There’s a ton more problems with the movie, but I can only point out a character so many times saying that I don’t care about him or her before my jaw gets tired or my eyelids get heavy. The only thing I can add is an extremely odd car chase where the footage almost looks like you’re watching a Blu-ray quality, which is really distracting, but that’s about it. Sure, Morales, Morrison, and Mitchell would certainly be charismatic enough to hold a movie on their own, but this wasn’t the right one to showcase their talent. As a recommendation, I say this is a hard pass. I can’t tell you if the original is better, but… I’m saying it is, so you’d be better off just watching that. Redefine the boredom.
My honest rating for SUPERFLY: a weak 3/5
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