(‘You don’t like my movie? Tell me, which one of us has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Tony? That’s what I thought.’)
When word spread that famed writer/director David Mamet was behind a new movie about MMA, expectations ran high. Then the trailer came out and many fine MMA websites were quick to conclude that perhaps it wasn’t a film designed with the MMA aficionado in mind. And yet, Rolling Stone would have us believe that the movie is actually good.
It’s quite a conundrum. Enough to make us think we’ll actually have to see it before disparaging it.
I mean, okay, Randy Couture is in the movie. So is Tim Allen, and according to Peter Travers he is “superb at lacing charm with venom,” which becomes a difficult statement to believe right around the time the word ‘superb’ manages to sneak in there. All this begs the question: is Peter Travers (and by extension Rolling Stone) insane, or is there something to this buzz?
It’s worth noting that while ‘Redbelt’ got three out of four stars, so did ‘Leatherheads’. I’d suggest here that their ranking system is flawed, except they gave ’10,000 B.C.’ only one star, and that’s accurate as all hell. The review includes a brief plot summary of ‘Redbelt’ that makes the film seem, well, hokey, but let’s not forget that David Mamet has earned some street cred. To wit…