It’s been a while since writer-director David Mamet and his $40 SAT prep words rock our balls off. Even when he isn’t trying to show off he manages to karate chop your brain with a thesaurus.
Only marginally related, David Mamet is so cool, he walks around in a speedo at his posh country club. I spent a week lifeguarding there, but I fell asleep in the high chair and a baby almost drowned. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t certified and never took a lifeguarding class in my life. But the thing I remember most was the way David Mamet carried his, um, self. Just a speedo and sunglasses. Even though you couldn’t see his eyes, you knew he could kick your ass.
And now with his latest flick, Redbelt, he wants to prove it. Redbelt stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Randy Couture, Alice Braga and Emily Mortimer and then the usually criminals that populate Mamet’s world.? Ejiofor is a Jiu-Jitsu master and defense instructor, who through a series of events is introduced to sleazeball promoters (Rick Jay and Joe Mantegna) and is eventually forced to dumb down his high falootin’ principles in order to pay off debts and regain his honor.
Word is Mamet also spent time training in Jiu-Jitsu with master Renato Magno and famed-families The Gracies and The Machados.? So yeah, he’s got the big balls and the speedo to prove it.
As always, there’s bound to be some sort of ending you never saw coming even though you’ll be looking for the surprise from ten miles away.? Cause again, Mamet rocks brass balls.
Redbelt hits theaters on 4/25 via Sony Picture Classics.