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Afro Ninja: Destiny
March 16, 2009

Way, way back in aught-four veteran stuntman Mark Hicks knocked himself goofy during an audition for a Nike commercial:


For about five minutes there the video was a sensation, and Hicks is trying to spin that popularity off into an extremely low budget feature-length action comedy. We recently got a screener for the direct-to-DVD release Afro Ninja: Destiny (not to be confused with Afro Samurai, which is exactly what I did when I requested a review copy).

"Reggie Carson, a kind hearted soul who works at the post office, gets a visit from a warrior spirit who takes over his body and transforms him to a lean, mean, testosterone filled machine.  In searching for direction, he discovers the warrior spirit is that of his father who he never knew."

Carson takes on local, A-Team caliber thugs who have been harassing the good citizens of his neighborhood. Also stars Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons.

The Good
  • Mark Hicks is a generally charismatic guy.
  • There's an abundance of DVD extras.
  • Afro + nunchucks.
The Bad
  • Jim 'The Dragon' Kelly, though heavily promoted, scores about three minutes of screen time.
The Ugly
  • Not nearly enough fight scenes. Not by a long shot.
  • Special effects were poorly done and entirely unnecessary.

See Also:
Official Afro Ninja movie site
Mark Hicks on IMDB
Wired.com interview

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