Bones (2001) is an American crime horror movie that disappointed me. The title and cover photo of the movie is captivating enough to make me want to see it with expectations of it being a great movie. Director Ernest R. Dickerson (Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), Juice (1992), Surviving the Game (1994)) did a horrible job directing this movie. Bones is about gangster Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg - Brüno (2009), Turbo (2013), This Is the End (2013)) that comes back from the dead to take revenge on his murderers.
Jimmy Bones was a respected well known person that protected his neighborhood. He was brutally killed by Lupovich (Michael T. Weiss - The Pretender (1996), Tarzan & Jane (2002), Sex and the City 2 (2010)) who is a corrupted cop and Eddie Mack (Ricky Harris - Heat (1995), Hard Rain (1998), Simon Sez (1999)) who is a drug dealer in 1979. They both betrayed him and made the brownstone building he lived in into his tomb. The movie skips forward to 2001 where is we see Jimmy’s building in ruins, and his neighborhood is now ghetto. Four young people decide to buy the brownstone building and eventually turn it into a nightclub. As I thought the movie could not get any weirder - we see a black dog that is somehow Jimmy’s spiritual manifestation or rebirth. Jimmy is slowly becoming his old human self again as the dog eats.
Patrick (Khalil Kain - Juice (1992), Renaissance Man (1994), Love Jones (1997)) is one of the young people that wants to open a nightclub in an effort to make the neighborhood good again and also to make money. Patrick, his brother Bill (Merwin Mondesir - Grave Encounters (2011), The Recruit (2003), Godsend (2004), Soldier’s Girl (2003)), their step-sister Tia (Katharine Isabelle - Ginger Snaps (2000), American Mary (2012), Insomnia (2002), Freddy vs. Jason (2003)) and the others found what is left of the dead body of Jimmy Jones while taking a look at the basement of their future nightclub. The group realized that Jimmy was killed and decide to bury Jimmy’s body in order to keep no one else from knowing so that they can open their nightclub. Patrick was warned by an elder to not open a nightclub in the building that Jimmy died in, but Patrick opens the club anyway. Teenager Maurice (Sean Amsing - American Mary (2012), Rollercoaster (1999), Found (2013)) was mauled to death by a ghostly black dog upstairs on the opening night of the club. Jimmy soon after is resurrected to his full self and started a fire in the club that ruined it. Jimmy is out to get revenge on the people that murdered him and anyone that stands in his way of getting to those people.
Pearl (Pam Grier - Above the Law (1988), The L Word (2004), Mars Attacks! (1996)) tells Cynthia for the first time that Jimmy Bones is her biological father because she had a relationship with him. Patrick likes Cynthia (Bianca Lawson - Save the Last Dance (2001), Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993), Dead & Breakfast (2004)) and started an investigation to find Jimmy’s murderer. Jimmy is everywhere taking care of business. The movie was not what I expected it to be. It lacked suspense, real horror, frights and the set was not frightening. The actors did an okay job, and the storyline was good but could have been executed better and with more flare.
About Bones (2001)
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Ron Selmour, Victor Formosa, Colin Foo, Pam Grier, Sean Amsing, Donny James Lucas, Emy Aneke, Ricky Harris, Clifton Powell, Ellen Ewusie, Lynda Boyd, Merwin Mondesir, Snoop Dogg, Michael T. Weiss, Josh Byer, Alina Kaufman, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Kirby Morrow, Gladys Phillip, Bianca Lawson, D. Harlan Cutshall, Carlos Joe Costa, Khalil Kain, Jeni Le Gon, Deezer D, Chaka White, Erin Wright, Keith Provost, Brantley Bush
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
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