When I hear the name David Mamet, the word that comes to mind is genius.
After four years away from motion pictures, he returned with a vengeance with the martial arts film Redbelt.
Mamet had previously focused his talents on his CBS series “The Unit” and you will recognize a couple cast members from that show in this film.
However, the fine ensemble cast are the icing on a cake that provides a plot that twists and turns to unexpected but intriguing story lines... leading to a thrilling but unexpected conclusion.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a jujitsu instructor who barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see him in the ring making money, but to him competition desecrates the honor of the martial art. We later meet Tim Allen as an action movie star befriends Chiwetel’s character, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and offers his wife a lucrative business opportunity. It all looks great... until it turns out that it is not.
That is the basic storyline... but we, of course, had to leave out some of the exciting plot twists that make this movie edge-of-your-seat viewing. And it looks even better in BlueRay!
Add Redbelt to your list of must see movies!