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A code runs in stark contrast to the demands of the material world, and though Mike continues to teach his students the art of Jiu-Jitsu, he and his wife Sondra are struggling to keep the Academy open and make ends meet. Mike, while concerned about their financial situation, believes everything will work itself out in time. Sondra, who also runs her own fabric business, a business whose funds she has dipped into to help Mike’s school, isn’t so sure.
Action Drama - Contrary to the advertising, this is more of a drama/thriller than a
straight-ahead martial arts picture, which may turn off action
crowds. Fans of the more known faces here, such as Tim Allen, may be
disappointed by their limited screen time as this is most definitely
a vehicle for lead Chiwetel Ejiofor.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 3 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Martial arts fights with bloodshed. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Martial arts fights. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average This is a movie of contradictions. It's neither uninteresting nor unentertaining, but the plot is as threadbare as an old carpet and Mamet's narrative contortions will leave many viewers scratching their heads.
Roger EbertFull Review Good If you savor that sort of stuff, and I do, you may like "Redbelt" on its own dubious but seductive terms.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers: (This movie wasn't promoted very well so we weren't able to collect very many reviews.)
TEENS: There were only a few teen females and they enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: There were only a few males in this age group and their reviews are mixed. Almost two-thirds enjoyed "Redbelt" very much rating it "Very Good" or higher. The other third were somewhat disappointed.
ADULTS: Both the male and female reviews are very good, but not quite great. About two-thirds loved "Redbelt" and most of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which is decent. Since virtually no one disliked it I recommend it. (For what it's worth, I was very surprised at how good this movie was.)
Set in the west-side of Los Angeles fight world, a world inhabited by
bouncers, cage- fighters, cops and special forces types, Redbelt, is the story
of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-Jitsu teacher who has avoided the prize
fighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue an honorable life by operating a
self-defense studio with a samurai's code.
Terry and his wife Sondra (Alice Braga), struggle to keep the business
running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night at the Academy
between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught lawyer (Emily
Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life
dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna)
and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Faced with this, in order to pay off his
debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in