The film is called “Black”… nothing more, just “Black.”
Long time readers might remember it, as we’ve covered the French action movie previously on this site, starting with its South By Southwest Film Festival debut way back in 2009!
Time flies… 6 years later, I only just found out that it’s available on Hulu, for American audiences to watch, although it’s dubbed in English, which I don’t like. I’d prefer the original language, with English subtitles.
If you haven’t already seen it, and are curious, you can check it out, embedded below, in full.
To recap… in short, “Black” is what you’d call a “nouveau-blaxploitation” action-adventure movie. It’s chaotic, not particularly great, and somewhat problematic, but, as I recall, when I watched it years ago, it was entertaining enough that I did screen it all the way through.
There’s “black magic,” mutant arms dealers, gargantuan machete-wielding mercenary armies, and a truckload of diamonds! You’ll likely be insulted by some of it, but that’s why I call it “nouveau-blaxploitation.” Although it seems to know what it is, and doesn’t try to be anything else, for whatever that’s worth.
When his Parisian armored car holdup doesn’t go as planned, the film’s protagonist (his name is Black, played by underground French rapper MC Jean Gab’1) is forced into hiding. He resurfaces when he receives news from his cousin in Senegal about a stash of uncut diamonds in a poorly guarded bank in Dakar, sending him to that country, on a “working vacation” that involves lots of mayhem.
MC Jean Gab’1 played the villain in “District B-13,” but here, as the titular Black, he takes center stage as our resident hero.
And true to many of the original blaxploitation movies of the 70s, “Black” was written by white men (Gabor Rassov & Lucio Mad), and was directed by a white man (Pierre Laffargue). So keep that in mind as well, as you watch.
If you’re brave enough to check it out below, come back here and share your thoughts.
First, here’s the trailer to give you a glimpse of what to expect; and underneath it is the film in full, dubbed, courtesy of Hulu: