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★★ OUT 14 septem­ber / CERT 15 / 116 mins DI­REC­TOR Di­rec­tor X

Cast Trevor Jack­son, Ja­son Mitchell, Michael Ken­neth Wil­liams

IF YOU’RE GO­ING to take on the pin­na­cle of Blax­ploita­tion cin­ema, you’d bet­ter bring your A game. And Di­rec­tor X does sum­mon all the vis­ual panache you’d ex­pect from a film­maker who’s made videos for the likes of Ri­hanna and Drake. Drug dealer young­blood Pri­est (Jack­son, ooz­ing charisma) is look­ing for one last score be­fore he quits the life for good. But with a ri­val gang, cor­rupt cops and a Mex­i­can car­tel boss to con­tend with, it’s not that sim­ple. Sadly, de­spite good per­for­mances there’s much to dis­like, not least a lack of a con­sis­tent tone. This should be a tightly paced, lurid B movie, but it feels over-long, and while it strives for the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of the orig­i­nal, it achieves ba­nal­ity.

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