Worth Watching - Feb 13: David Mamet's Redbelt Trailer
by Alex Billington
February 13, 2008
When I first heard about Redbelt with the first look photos that came out in January, I was quite intrigued. Let's look at the details: Chiwetel Ejiofor as a mixed-martial arts fighter, Tim Allen acting in a straight drama, a high concept fighting movie written and directed by a profound dramatic filmmaker, Alice Braga and Emily Mortimer as the supporting ladies, and an appearance by Randy Couture. I wasn't really sure what the heck to expect but I knew I was excited. Now we have the first trailer and I'm surprised yet again. It looks good, but I'm just not sure how good. I do know that I'll be seeing this as soon as possible and hope to report back to you on my thoughts.
Watch the trailer for Redbelt:
We're hoping to get a bigger, better version - so check back again soon!
Redbelt is both written and directed by David Mamet, of House of Games, State and Main, Heist, and most recently "The Unit" on TV. The film is an original script written by Mamet, who also wrote the screenplays for The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog, Ronin, and Hannibal. Redbelt arrives in limited theaters starting on May 2nd.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Have you seen Spartan, written and directed by Mamet? Check it out and you realize how good he is...
Ben Guest on Feb 13, 2008
Tim Allen? Really? I can't even take that seriously. What is the tool man doing in this?
Steven Ormsbee on Feb 14, 2008
I agree with Ben. Spartan is an incredible film. Probably Mamet's best work (as well as Val Kilmer as the protagonist)
Kaiser Soze on Feb 14, 2008
I loved SPARTAN but the first time I saw it the audio in the theater was horrible - I only really appreciated it when I saw it on DVD and used subtitles. Masterworks all - with (for me) the notable exception being the period piece called The Winslow Boy. I couldn't wait to leave the theater with that one.
IWatchTooManyMovies on Feb 14, 2008
Spartan is great and also from the same source material that went on to become 'The Unit' also Kilmer's commentary on the dvd is probably the funniest solo speaker out there.
Walter the Einstein Frog on Feb 14, 2008
Even if it's a different type of movie it looks like it's gonna slay the hell out of Never Back Down, quality-wise. We'll just call that a given. Can't wait to see Couture show off his acting chops. MMA, baby.
Frame on Feb 14, 2008
Spartan was awful.... As good as Mamet is, his films are hit or miss. Spartan? come on!
Joe on Feb 14, 2008
Alex, top work man, thanks for the heads up. Trailer does indeed look very, very original. Chiwetel Ejiofor though. He's brilliant. Is this his first lead ? He's enough to sell me this film.
Dr.Duvel on Feb 15, 2008
This looks F*#$ing good.Thanks for the heads up.
Cyfer1 on Feb 15, 2008
Looks really cool. I haven't seen a really good mixed martial arts drama before.
Tyler on Feb 15, 2008
Definitely being serious. Spartan is in my top ten of all-time. It moves from the first frame to the last, with not one wasted second in-between. Once you start watching you can't stop. Describing the film, it sounds like a cliche. But watch it and it will blow you away. And the ending is killer. In general, I think Mamet is an underrated filmmaker. He wrote a great book called "On Directing Film." The book is short and elegant. All of his films are good, with my personal favs, after Spartan, being Homicide (not connected to the TV show and difficult to find on DVD), Heist, and The Winslow Boy. The Unit is excellent as well.
Ben Guest on Feb 26, 2008
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