Movie Review by Neils Hesse
Starrring: Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, James Brown
Director: Malcolm D Lee
‘Undercover Brother’ (Eddie Griffin) is a self appointed hero for the black community in it’s battle against a shadowy villain called ‘The Man’ and his main agent Mr Feather (Chris Kattan). He has been battling ‘The Man’ whilst also trying to uphold black culture through his funky lifestyle and ‘dress code’. After another successful mission to stop ‘The Man’ from hurting the black community, Undercover Brother is approached by Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis) from the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a group of prominently black people trained in various espionage disciplines to battle ‘The Man’.
Sistah Girl takes him to her boss ‘The Chief’ (Chi McBride), who needs Undercover Brother to go on an undercover mission and infiltrate one of ‘The Man’s’ global organizations. Undercover Brother is now faced with possibly his greatest challenge to overcome the seductive skills of Penelope Snow a.k.a. White She Devil (Denise Richards) or else fail to defeat ‘The Man’ and thus cause all black culture to be lost forever.
Eddie Griffin is excellent as Undercover Brother with perfect comedic timing and a very funky style. The whole supporting cast do very well with a very freaky performance from Chris Kattan as Mr Feather.
Malcolm D Lee’s directing succeeds in maintaining an excellent pace throughout the film and pulls off a bunch of surprisingly very well filmed fight sequences. This movie is exactly what it sets out to be – a live action version of a very funny hero – and it succeeds perfectly.