Redbelt – Honor Through Jiu-Jitsu by David Mamet
The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (a man I’ve been on the lookout for ever since he played the big bad in Serenity), Tim Allen and Joe Mantegna and Mamet crafts an interesting tale of honor in a world that seems to have it in short supply. The story takes place around the world of Jiu-Jitsu.
Ejiofor plays the instructor and proprietor of a Jiu-Jitsu school and he gets sucked into a world of sticky ethical situations, sometimes with honorable and other times despicable people and it takes some time to figure out who is who, but with Mamet‘s amazing dialog, scenes that would normally be rushed are filmed with care and scenes that seem like they are going to be cliche, end up surprising you.
This is not an amazing movie, but it was an interesting study of honor among today’s characteristic shades of gray in life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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