Lorey Sebastian
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Redbelt

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/02/08
Wide Release Date
05/09/08
performer
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen
director
David Mamet
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
David Mamet
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

That thing. That thing David Mamet does in his plays and movies. Like in this one, about an L.A. jujitsu instructor (a soulful Chiwetel Ejiofor) with sad eyes and a Spartan code of honor. That thing Mamet does, with blunt guys mouthing off and doing tricky guy deals. (Inevitably, there’s some woman being duplicitous.) That thing Mamet does he does again with feverish effing commitment in Redbelt, his effing Rocky. Mamet regulars Ricky Jay and Joe Mantegna blend well with Mamet newbie Tim Allen, a treat as a spoiled-rotten aging Hollywood action star. B+

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