This lesser-known entry in the blaxploitation cycle of the 1970's is a modest but effective piece of work. Black Samson offers a pretty standard, rather predictable storyline but it makes up for this familiarity with some sharp dialogue and a disciplined pace. Director Chuck Bail gives the film an authenticity with his effective use of real Los Angeles locations and draws on his stuntman background to create some effective action scenes, particularly during the action-packed finale. Rockne Tarkington makes a solid lead and Carol Speed lends nice, emotional support as his girlfriend but it's William Smith that steals the show with his intense, scary turn as the hateful mobster villain. The finished product is definitely an exploitation flick but it delivers what it promises and does so with a gritty authenticity that is likely to please genre fans. As a result, Black Samson can be confidently recommended to any viewer who is into blaxploitation fare.
by Donald Guarisco review