A Sony Pictures Classics release
Original Theatrical Release Date: May 2nd, 2008
DVD Release: Yes
Part sports movie and large part character drama, David Mamet's Redbelt is a breath of fresh air.
The trademark David Mamet dialogue is there, as are the complicated twists and turns. But there's also a solid and moving central performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, an excellent supporting cast (even Tim Allen keeps his ham in check) real thrills and a surprising climax when the hero finally gets to face off against his opponent in the ring.
This is a movie really about integrity, honor and dignity and not one pretending to be about them while playing into cliches. Oh, and chiwetel can really kicks some ass.