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Redbelt (2008) 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)… 2008-05-09 2008-05-02 R PT99M Action/Adventure Drama Chiwetel Ejiofor Tim Allen Sony Pictures Classics
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Redbelt (2008)

MPAA Rating: R

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Redbelt | CUSSIN' AND TUSSLIN' Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured left, with John Machado) is a martial artist in David Mamet world in Redbelt
Image credit: Lorey Sebastian
CUSSIN' AND TUSSLIN' Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured left, with John Machado) is a martial artist in David Mamet world in Redbelt
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 09, 2008; Limited Release: May 02, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Chiwetel Ejiofor; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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+

Originally posted Apr 30, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints