Description: Fontaine, a neighborhood drug dealer, is shot dead by a rival, Isaac, and is shocked to wake up unharmed in his bed the next morning. He, Slippery Charles, and Jojo begin to investigate the incident and eventually their search leads them to a huge underground complex where a government-sponsored laboratory is conducting experiments on the local black population.
First, the film is much more serious and intense in places than it might seem at first. A few scenes here make you even stand up in shock, in other words, it's Full of Pants Tension. And this is helped by the characters who, more like caricatures, are thrown into the strangest and most fucked up situations. Pala, and the fact that the characters behave like caricatures is not bad? Ah... well, here is the plus of the movie, everything is explained and every action falls nicely into place. So the main characters can sometimes seem like manipulated children and don't even understand it themselves. You probably already understood that a lot of things here are based on American history with racism, experimentation, bad neighborhoods, and other rather complex social concepts. So if you haven't been interested in these "lesser-publicized" historical facts, many places will seem overwrought or even absurd... But if you know at least something, you'll immediately notice who and how... and most importantly why... it's a very strange movie - at one point it seems to mock African-American culture, but at another is very supportive of them. Well, like a mix between old-style Blaxploitation history and current political awareness…
Stories that mix comedy with serious genres have become my favorite films, but often the "comedy" part is very weak. This is not the case here, yes, humor is definitely not for everyone - it is often based on stereotypes and absurd situations, which sometimes even I find it hard to believe. But the "jokes" themselves often feel pretty logical, characters aren't throwing jokes 2 seconds after their friends die (ahem, Marvel). It all helps that the humor is distributed quite evenly, it never feels like the director is saying "we need some wit in this scene". This is a very simple comedy where every fourth joke has a deeper meaning.
Realistically, this movie doesn't have much to cling to. The camera work or special effects are not really impressive, but it is enough for a film of this nature. Some of the supporting cast could be weaker, but Jamie Foxx and John Boyega make up for it strongly. Although I will admit that the audio mixing was quite strange in some places, hats off to you, I couldn't understand anything the characters were saying. And although I understand why this is done, the first half of the film is a bit too long, and I would like to speed up one or another scene at least partially... I think the biggest problem is that the film is quite niche, both because of the political statements and because of the roots of the blaxploitation genre itself. However, the film is not deceptive, if after watching the trailer you are not hooked on the style and idea, then the film is definitely not for you.Overall - 8/10