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Reviews for "Redbelt" Part 1

I'll be posting reviews of the movie as I read them, but I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by the generally positive tone many of these reviews have. That being said, not everyone is ready to crown the movie a hit:

As writer and director, Mamet seems to be using all the tricky complications of the plot as a laundry line on which to hang his passion for jujitsu. Ejiofor is good enough to keep us watching, but the mounting cons feel increasingly empty. And the truth is that despite a gripping final showdown, we could use more action, too.

This does seem to be a world Mamet knows well, and every so often we see flashes of the great movie he might have made. But he never quite finds his focus, and as Mike tells his students, "A man distracted is a man defeated."

More to come. Stay tuned.

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