Despite the title, SuperFly does not follow a super-human, but instead a young, skilled cocaine dealer in Atlanta, Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson), or just Priest for short. Hungry to leave the dealing game, Priest, along with his close friend Eddie (Jason Mitchell) double-crosses his mentor (Michael Kenneth Williams) to up his supply in one last big score before he escapes the game for good. Standing in his was is rival gang Snow Patrol, who has it out for Priest after a drive-by shooting goes wrong. The Mexican cartel eventually joins in on the fun, as well as some crooked cops looking for a slice of Priest's impressive pie.
This film not being as politically charged as it could have been is not what makes it a bad movie. For one, this film is just ugly, visually speaking. Director X is known for music videos, and his talents don't translate to features at all. The cinematographer Amir Morki has some decent looking films (a lot of Michael Bay’s films), but him and Director X don't conjure up a single compelling shot in the film's 2 hour run time. Not to mention, the film looks as if it was shot on a consumer digital camera, making everything feel stiff and artificial. The only thing fun to look at is the film’s lavish and fun costumes, as well as Priest's fun hairstyle. The costumes are over-exaggerated and for some reason never look out of place.
Other issues include annoying voice over, awful roles for the women, a long sex scene that feels like something ripped from a Fifty Shades fan film, and a final act so rushed and sloppy you won't even realize the film had ended. The film does have a small handful of capable performances, and there's a shootout/car chase scene that is a little fun and better looking than most of the film's action scenes, and as predicted, the soundtrack is killer, but still, this film is bad. Competent, sure... it's by no means a disaster, but definitely not good. There’s nothing to warrant a theater viewing. This film feels like it was tailor made to be on Netflix or straight to blu-ray
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