Action Jackson

(Craig R. Baxley, USA, 1988)


It is a mystery why so many blaxploitation movies – loud, violent, wisecracking films with big, black heroes or heroines – end up on the shelves of Australian video shops without the slightest promotion.

It may have something to do with the fact that the baddies are white, and that the films take evidently gleeful pleasure in trashing every pillar of white society.

Action Jackson, inventively directed by Craig R. Baxley, is a slick, upmarket variation on the blaxploitation formula.

Carl Weathers stars, but pop singer Vanity gets the best line: "Action? Sure was no woman gave you that name!"

© Adrian Martin 1989

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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