Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Movie Review : Foxy Brown (1974)

A blaxploitation movie starring Pam Grier this was a loose sequel to "Coffy" from 1973 and has a similar plot involving drugs, prostitution and pimps in outlandish outfits. And violence, lots of violence. Pam of course is the heroine and is a one woman fighting machine as she seeks to avenge her slain boyfriend, a government agent gunned down by the mob.

Amid a funky early 70s soundtrack she gets her revenge through a number of ever more grisly action set pieces. Its not a subtle movie thats for sure but is rightly held up as one of the best movies in its genre. Although fairly low budget and lacking the effects and polish of movies nowadays the movie is pretty hard hitting and showing stuff that would be largely shied from today (or hidden in a CGI fest).

Its a period film, and dated in so many ways but the outlandish early 70s feel is a large part of the charm. Its plot is pretty ridiculous if you stop to think about it but that would be largely missing the point. Its a fantasy. So get your jive ass down the video store brother.

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