The Meteor Man

The first black superman

Robert Townsend is back on the big screen in his latest super hero film, "The Meteor Man." The film is essentially about a school teacher whom is given super powers after being struck by a meteor. However, a gang, calling themselves the Golden Lords, challenges him for control of a urban Washington neighborhood. The film is pretty much a rip off of Superman, and the acting is just cliched and generic. As for the special effects, they were essentially border line decent. Nothing to raise an eyebrow at but just sufficient enough for the film. However, that's not to say that this film doesn't have its' moments. It can be funny, at times, as well as keep you in suspense. It was funny when Robert tries to use his x-ray vision to see naked women, and when Bill Cosby used his powers to watch his neighbors TV. Plus, the final fight scene was kind of cool. However, the best part of the movie was the quote that stood out for me was Robert's one line, "Everyone relies on the police. They're not perfect. How can we stop the gangs when we act like we don't see them? How can you complain when you do nothing." Sadly, though, it wouldn't surprise me on how true that statement truly is. Everyday, crime happens, yet many of us ignore it in order to go on with our lives. Unfortunately, that message is lost in this generic rip off. Totally unoriginal, but its' worth a rental.

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