Black Listed Release Date: 21 January 2003 (USA) Genre: Action | Crime | Drama Director(s): Robert Townsend Writer(s): Robert Townsend Starring: Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix and Vanessa Williams imilar to Fred Williamson, actor Robert Townsend occasionally moonlights as a director, writer, and producer of low budget features. While his acting jobs, such as Meteor Man […]

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Black Listed
Release Date: 21 January 2003 (USA)
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Director(s): Robert Townsend
Writer(s): Robert Townsend
Starring: Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix and Vanessa Williams

imilar to Fred Williamson, actor Robert Townsend occasionally moonlights as a director, writer, and producer of low budget features. While his acting jobs, such as Meteor Man and the television series “The Parent Hood,” are often Z-grade crap, he shows his true talent when he gets the opportunity to make his own films. In 2003’s Black Listed, Townsend crafts himself a half-impressive vigilante feature that goes way beyond what one expects from a movie of its kind.

Alan Chambers (Townsend) is an African American lawyer who has long left the poor urban area that he once called home. While some of his lawyer friends feel the need to go against the corrupt justice system that allows rapists to go free, Chambers feels entirely comfortable living his own life. That is, until he gets angry one night and writes a list of those who the world would better off without. While he regrets writing it the next day, the list gets around to important people, and soon enough, important people want to assist him, in many different ways, to clear the scum. But in this game, you never know who is on your side, and Chambers has to do his best to avoid being sighted.

Shot-on-film, albeit not great film, for under $500,000, Townsend touts Black Listed as having a “Hitchcockian” feel to it. While I’m not quite sure that I’d go that far, it’s definitely a good movie. Townsend is an excellent director, and knows how to cover up his budget restrictions well.
DVD: There’s a nice commentary track with director, writer, and star Robert Townsend, which is frequently interesting and information.

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