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Monday, November 17, 2008

Spotlight: Emily Mortimer in Redbelt

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Emily Mortimer in Redbelt

I've told my friends that Redbelt (Written and directed by David Mamet) is really not a crash course in the televised version of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA for short. Instead, it's all about one man and his struggle to uphold his own righteousness and feelings about self-defense and in turn, Jiu-Jitsu. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a startlingly good performance as a man who just wants to run his own Martial Arts dojo, and gets sucked into a horrible world of treachery by people who are out to get him. The movie's main point being: Can he uphold his honor and live to tell the tale?

How does Emily play into all this?

Mortimer and Ejiofor in Redbelt

Well, she happens to be the first thing that bursts into Ejiofor's life and puts it a bit off course, and she pops up throughout as she gets to know him better, and wants to help him. This is one of those films you can't go into too much detail about without spoiling, so I'll leave it up to you to see it and fill in the blanks. I just know that such beauty has never been brought to a sport that is often seen by outsiders are brutal and unforgiving. You'll change your mind after watching Redbelt, if you are that person.

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