Dir: Cirio H. Santiago (Trouble Man/The Muthers/Vampire Hookers)
IMDB Rating: 4.3 out of 10
Now here we have what I consider a true Blaxploitation flick, With the first entry to this months Blaxploitation History Month being somewhat more of a typical WIP film now we get down to the basics, However this film could also be considered a martial arts film it is most certainly not lacking in the typical standard fare for the genre.
The film opens with a drug deal gone bad when a buyer is chased down in an alley after a transaction and killed by local drug dealer and mob goon Charlie. Shortly after this scene we meet our protagonist Dianna "T.N.T." Jackson (Playboy Playmate Jeanie Bell) who has just arrived in a rough part of town in what appears to be China. As she arrives looking for her "Friend" Stack's she immediately comes across a woman being raped and springs into action giving us aour first taste of the Kung-Fu action that awaits. After disposing of the attacker and a gang of his goons, Dianna continues her travels to meet up with a local club owner and martial arts instructor Joe. When she meets him she asks for details on the whereabouts of her lost pal Stack's. While conversing she also comes across Charlie who takes an interest in her for more than one reason being that he see's she can fight and not to mention she is gorgeous, Charlie offer's her work with his boss , Gang leader and big time drug dealer Sid. At first she is hesitant but a meeting is set up between the two.Meanwhile Joe does some investigating on STack's only to find that he was murdered which leads Dianna to swear revenge for her fallen brother.
In the genre of Blaxploitation it seems that allot of the films often incorporate Martial Arts into the films, As if the world these films were made in is a place where everyone is on hard drugs and happens to be a Karate expert. These scenarios make for some truly hilarious and off the wall situations for sure. T.N.T. Jackson could be considered the female answer to Black belt Jones in allot of ways and I could totally see the two films playing on the same bill together for a throwback movie night. The fight scenes which feature Dianna however are really awful as opposed to Jim Kelly who was a legitimate Martial Artist , In this film the scenes where you do see Dianna doing the fighting clearly they are all terribly slow and badly choreographed and the rest are shot from angles where you cannot really see her but it is obvious they used a male in a wig as her fight double which I found rather laughable. As usual all the characters are as sleazy as can be and I gotta say i am never against that as it makes for some funny dialogue and scenes. I will give the film some credit as it is a fun watch and Jeanie Bell is pretty good in her role here as T.N.T. Jackson and she is truly easy on the eyes (Which is why she was cast I'm sure), It is obvious this one is just a cash in on the Strong Black Woman phase that was big for a moment in these films thanks to Pam Grier and this one is not the worst of it's kind....It just is not that good. If you enjoy flicks like Coffy and Foxy Brown and even Cleopatra Jones than you may find something to like here but I think this one is often overlooked for good reason as it just doesn't have the same punch as those others.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10