A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
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David Mamet has a very particular way of writing dialogue. A very particular way? A very particular way. When it works, it works. When it doesn't work, it breaks down the suspension of disbelief and completely takes me out of the film. Such is the case with "Redbelt." Despite some decent performances and an overall solid message, this movie is undone by Mamet's nonsense dialogue and far-fetched plot twists.
An interesting but overall weak look at the concept of honor and corruption, taking samurai style code and applying it to a character in the twenty-first century. The lead performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor is a solid one, and the supporting players do a fine job with their respective roles as well. The movie itself is lacking in plot and involvement, and is good enough, but still forgettable.
The film's ending can be very moving when you look at it in the context of faith of Kierkegaard. Even without the ending such a solid film all around. It dazzled me and kept me on the edge to just see Mamet gliding through the series of consequences starting from seemingly innocuous moral attitudes. sadly underrated and often misunderstood. But a very fine film.
Mixed Martial Arts meets Film Noir by way of Mamet...yeah it doesn't work at all. I'm a bigger Mamet fan than most but when this guy misses(Homicide, Oleanna, House of Games) hide the women and children!