Shaft Changing Lanes Rules Of Engagement

11/10/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 11/10/2004
  |  243 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Samuel L. Jackson triple bill. 'Shaft' (2002) is a remake of the 1971 blaxploitation classic, with Jackson taking over from Richard Roundtree in the title role. When waitress Diane (Toni Collette) sees ultra-rich playboy Wade (Christian Bale) murder a young black man outside a nightclub, she knows that she will be next, and promptly goes into hiding. Enter Armani-wearing supercop John Shaft (Jackson), the only man who cares enough to bring Wade to justice, and Diane's only hope of survival. Wade pays the drug-boss Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright) to have Diane killed, but Shaft is also hot on her trail and he's not a man put off easily. In 'Changing Lanes' (2002), hotshot New York attorney Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) and recovering alcoholic Doyle Gibson (Jackson) find their lives become intertwined on the evening of Good Friday when their cars collide. Late for a meeting, Banek gives Doyle a blank cheque to cover the damage, since Doyle's car is a write-off and he is late for a custody-hearing. But not only have their cars collided, they also end up accidentally walking away with important files of each others - in fact, Doyle ends up losing his house and family as a result. Thus begins a cat and mouse game to retrieve the files... and it seems neither man is ready to play clean. Finally, in 'Rules of Engagement' (2000), directed by William Friedkin ('The Exorcist', 'The French Connection'), Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a war hero whose peacekeeping mission to Yemen goes horribly wrong when he orders his men to open fire on a group of demonstrators. The colonel is subsequently charged with murder, and asks his comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable ability, to defend him at the court martial. But when Hodges starts investigating he is surprised to find evidence that points to a cover-up.