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Bones is a 2001 horror film directed by Ernest Dickerson. It is about a gangster that comes back from the dead to avenge his murder. The film stars Snoop Dogg as the title character Jimmy Bones. The film is also a tribute to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Pam Grier is seen in the film as Jimmy Bones' love interest. In 1979, Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) is a numbers runner who is respected and loved in his neighborhood as it's respected member and protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by a corrupt cop and drug pusher, Bones' elegant brownstone building becomes his own tomb, and is closed since then. In 2001, during which the neighborhood becomes a ghetto, and his home is turned into a condemned ruin. Four teens buy the property and they want to renovate it as a nightclub. In the process they find a black dog who is actually the spiritual manifestation of Jimmy's tortured spirit. As the dog eats, Jimmy is slowly resurrected. Patrick (Khalil Kain) meets Pearl (Pam Grier), Jimmy's old girlfriend, and her daughter Cynthia (Bianca Lawson). Patrick develops a romance with Cynthia.
Snoop Dogg portrays charismatic hood Jimmy Bones, a stylish late 70s dude with a cool demeanor to match his threads. Jimmy has always protected his community by looking out for his crime-ridden neighborhood. He possesses the cocky swagger of John Shaft and the street savvy of Superfly's Priest. We're told in flashback that Jimmy Bones refused to deal crack cocaine to his beloved people, and thus the crooked cops and thugs snuffed him out. But nobody betrays Jimmy Bones -nobody! So he comes back from the dead.
We skip to the future 22 years after Jimmy's death, where a group of young enterprising suburbanites arrange to buy a dilapidated building in the middle of the city. Their hope is to renovate this shady-looking enclave into a posh nightclub. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, not according to the ghost of Jimmy Bones...
Bones is a plodding and atmospheric Gothic thriller that is indescribably nonsensical and overwrought. Screenwriters Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe conjure up a mixed bag of distractingly overused gestures that are supposed to energize this disjointed venture. Whether pouring on the exhausting visuals or balancing the film's gimmicky images with something as inane as featuring a couple of severed heads, you sense that Bones is going through its uninvolved, futile motions.
Dickerson directs this aimless and jittery shock cinema with the urgency of a defective roller coaster. Just because you have a hip-hop-themed slasher flick doesn't mean you should lose control and let the chips fall where they may. Dickerson never injects anything substantiating that would fortify this movie's credibility. Hiding behind an arsenal of special effects, coupled with an overactive plot of ghastly hijinks does not compliment Dickerson's psuedo-spellbinding product.
Bones, given the right sardonic tilt, could have been a joyously over-the-top macabre merrymaker. But with its feeble-minded script and indifference to being a smart and flippantly astute scarefest, Bones just doesn't snap in all the proper places.
Super-squash TNT turbo.