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Weekend Watching: Redbelt
Compared to most of the other entries in our Weekend Watching feature, Redbelt is a fairly recent flick. Here's the official synopsis for the film, which frankly sucks:
“Tim Allen and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in writer/director David Mamet’s martial arts drama concerning a jujitsu master who becomes corrupted by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. When a respected jujitsu master (Ejiofor) eschews a lucrative prizefighting career in favor of opening a self-defense dojo, it appears that he has chosen a peaceful path in life. The dedicated martial artist’s fate takes an unanticipated turn, however, when he is manipulated into participating in ultimate fighting championships by a group of unscrupulous actors and fight promoters. Later, as the master is being relentlessly beaten in a dirty street fight, he connects with a high-profile action star (Allen) with serious marital problems. Realizing that the only way to regain his honor is to step into the ring, the jujitsu master reluctantly prepares for the fight of his life.”
I had no idea who David Mamet was, so I had to look him up on Wikipedia. To me, the guy's name sounds like it was hand-picked to be dropped over martinis by socialites discussing films.
"Why Clarissa, did you see the new MAM-ET film? It's absolutely __(adjective)___."
Turns out he did Glengarry Glen Ross, which if you haven't seen, features a great bit of dialogue performed by Alec Baldwin as the archetypal, type-A sales person. Apparently that's Mamet's thing; realistic conversations based on how people actually talk, as opposed to the typical Hollywood "clean" dialogue.
But really, you won't watch this movie for the dialogue, you'll watch it to see Jean Jaques Machado, Randy Couture, and Dan Inosanto. The story's pretty good, but it's kind of shoved out of the way by the style of the film. If you pay enough attention to get past it though, the plot's a good spin on the standard "fighter overcoming the odds, blah blah blah, sweep the leg" template.
You can watch the trailer here.
Last edited by Phrost; 5/09/2009 10:53am at .