Monday, September 21, 2009

Two fast action flicks: Getaway and Shaft

An action filled masterpiece from Sam Peckinpah starring Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. Exemplary acting from McQueen and McGraw depicting a turbulent relationship amidst robbery, double crossing, violence, chase, murder and sex. For Peckinpah these are familiar territory and he delivers the movie with exceptional cuts and montages. What's lacking in the movie is the original score by Quincy Jones don't keeping up to the flow and punch of the visuals.

Directed by John Singleton of Boyz n the Hood fame, Shaft was different and better than Getaway in its soundtrack by the great Isaac Hayes. Shaft was made as kind of a sequel to the 1971 Shaft directed by Gordon Parks starring Richard Rountree which originally had the Isaac Hayes soundtrack. Exceptional action sequences, dialogues, great overall acting from the cast makes this movie a great cinematic experience.
Obviously after seeing this movie there are few things that I must do. To get the original soundtrack and the 1971 version of the Shaft, which is said to be even hotter.