The trailer for Redbelt, David Mamet’s ode to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (it’s like a Brazilian wax but with more arm locks) starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Chuy, for brevity’s sake) and Tim Allen, is now online. It opens in April.
You know, one thing I always liked about the rise of MMA and the UFC was that it cut through all the kung fu-karate eastern mysticism bullshit and proved that fighting wasn’t about who could quote the most cryptic passages from The Art of War. So I’m a little curious as to how David Mamet (who wrote The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and Glengarry Glen Ross among other things) spent months studying Jiu-Jitsu and MMA and still wrote a movie that looks basically like The Karate Kid. A reluctant martial arts master forced to compete by circumstance? Oh my God, it’s so fresh, so innovative! This could only happen in the world of mixed martial arts!
Not to mention, fucking Tim Allen’s in it. What’s his entrance music, “Here Comes Santa Claus(e)”?