Written April 21, 2008
David Mamet's latest film came from his experience training at his Brazilian jujitsu dojo. It is not really a fight story but a story about honor and of course in typical Mamet fashion strongly anti-Hollywood. Great unpredictable plot and even though I was expecting it, still me cringing at the snakes and vipers in the film. Dialog choppy and editing a bit uneven but great story and well worth the $10.
Written May 23, 2008
Man, SOOOOOO DISAPOINTING!!!!!! It was great, but it has to be the absolute WORST ENDING in movie history. It also didnt help that Tim Allen was in it. Hes an idiot. The fighting was kind of cool and and it sent a good message, but just not for me. sorry.
Written June 05, 2008
Ok, so, i keep reading bad reviews about this film. People who claim the script was bad and the acting and actor selection was bad. First off, if you believe these things, than you were expecting some epic martial arts film that belongs on the shelf with bruce lee. This film has nothing to do with martial arts, and everything to do with life. A man, struggling himself, puts his life on the line at times, and sets aside his family for the advancement of others. Thus is the life of many martial arts instructors. However, most instructors go on through life never being recognized even though they are the teachers to many that are thankful. This film recognizes the turmoil of one simple, hard working, ethical man. While you say it is a bad film, I say it is a great story. If you haven't seen this film, i recommend it. The fighting isn't brutal, and the story is full of meaning. The ending? He gets exactly what he has strived for his whole life. His mentors recognition.
Written April 21, 2008
I can't be very objective--I have loved everything Mamet has done. When the characters in Redbelt occasionally repeat their own dialogue, chills go up and down my spine; oooh, I'm at a Mamet film. Don't let the setting--martial arts--put you off if, like me, you are a woman who has no interest in sports, much less jiu jitsu. See it, you'll love it.
Written April 22, 2008
David Mamet is one cool dude but his films, unlike his plays, do not always score well at the box office. Red Belt is quite different, it will probably be his highest grossing film to date becuase it can tap into a very mainstream "fight genre" movie audience.
The lead, Chiiwetel Ejiofar, is nothing short of amazing. This may not be the film that launches him into becoming a household name but it will certainly get everyone's attention who sees the film. The rest of the cast is well rounded and specilal guest stars add great demension to the film.
True to a Mamet written and directed films, there are quite a number of plot points you have to pay attention to, but the twists and turns are worth it. It takes it's cuts at Hollywood and the powerful influence money can have in human behavior, however iit honors that maxim "...to thine ownself be true." The fight sequences are excellent and thankfully not gory, so the ladies can enjoy as well.