Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see. No con. show more
Mr. Ejiofor gives a commanding performance, perfectly calibrated in what's withheld just as much as what's revealed. show more
One of the problems with the way Mamet resolves Mike's predicament is that it's ridiculously implausible - even in the context of a far-fetched fight story. show more
I haven't seen too much advertising for this film but I am into MMA and I wasn't disappointed with this movie. I think the movie should have been fleshed out a little more, because it attempted to bring to MMA what the Rocky Series did to boxing. You feel for the main character because he's honorable and has a good heart, even though he is put into some trying situations. The ending isn't confusing unless you're not paying attention. Just remember that in the movie it is stated that there is only one red belt.
Based on Mamet's name alone, I figured this movie had plenty to offer (story, acting, etc.), but it was HORRIBLE! By far one of the worst films I've ever seen, crap acting, crap directing, crap story. Save your money and avoid this like the plague!
I have NEVER been as disappointed by a movie, which led me to write this first-ever review. I'm a huge fan of the genius Mamet (House of Games, Glengarry Glen Ross, Spanish Prisoner, and on, and on) and a huge MMA/Jujitsu fan since the earliest UFC's with Joyce Gracie. But this movie is simply terrible---indecipherable plot, weak motivations for many character actions, almost completely lacking in Mamet's trademark halting yet brilliant dialog, and containing inane contrivances like the ridiculous fight rules in the tournament. David Mamet---have you lost your mojo? SAY IT AIN'T SO!!! Don't waste your money on this, nor even any time watching on free TV. Big letdown...huge.