I’m not talking about the documentary “Redbelts”, I’m talking about the David Mamet film with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen and Emily Mortimer.
Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention when I was watching, but I thought that film was terrible. For anyone that didn’t watch it, a quick summary of the plot from Wikipedia:
“While closing his Jiu-jitsu studio one evening, Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is approached by attorney Laura Black (Emily Mortimer), who is seeking the owner of the vehicle she accidentally sideswiped.”
No one seems to be able to succinctly sum up the rest of the plot, but here it goes. Essentially people are rarely what they seem to be, and the main character is forced to make a series of difficult decisions, including engaging in an MMA fight when he is adamantly opposed to competition.
It’s sort of a round-about reason how I got to thinking of this film, but I can tell you when I first watched it I was not impressed. In fact, I thought the whole thing was pretty atrocious. But looking on IMDB, people are lauding Mamet’s directing and the “tension” in each scene. I just saw actors looking awkwardly at one another and saying lines that seemed terribly out of place.
What did you guys think of it? Did you think it was terrible, or brilliant? There’s no wrong answer here and you’ll find comrades on either side of the fence, I’m just curious.