2008   USA Redbelt
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Director:David Mamet
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Writer:David Mamet
IMDb Rating:6.8 (13,030 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Genre:Action, Drama, Sport
Duration:99 min
David Mamet  ...  (Director)
David Mamet  ...  (Writer)
Max Martini  ...  Joe Collins
Matt Cable  ...  Academy Fighter
Chiwetel Ejiofor  ...  Mike Terry
Alice Braga  ...  Sondra Terry
Jose Pablo Cantillo  ...  Snowflake
Emily Mortimer  ...  Laura Black
Cathy Cahlin Ryan  ...  Gini Collins
Luciana Souza  ...  Singer in Bar
Cyril Takayama  ...  The Magician
Scott Barry  ...  Billy the Bartender
Ricky Jay  ...  Marty Brown
Randy Couture  ...  Dylan Flynn
John Machado  ...  Ricardo Silva
Rodrigo Santoro  ...  Bruno Silva
Ricardo Wilke  ...  Eduardo
Tim Allen  ...  
Robert Elswit  ...  Cinematographer
Barbara Tulliver  ...  Editor
Stephen Endelman  ...  Composer
Comments: Chiwetel Ejiofor is fantastic in this film. Beautiful. But that's all it's got going for it. The fights are staged and shot poorly. The script really stretches the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief. Typically Mamet styled con game that just doesn't hold up. And there were times when time didn't seem to make sense. Too bad. Good cast. Could have been, or should have been, better.

Summary: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option.

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