• The List
  • 30 October 2008

David Mamet channels his love of ju-jitsu, twisted male friendships, fast talking/repetitive dialogue and debt collectors to winning effect in his new film. This screening is your last chance to catch Mamet’s martial arts flick at the cinema.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 7–Thu 13 Nov.


  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Mamet
  • Written by: David Mamet
  • Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, Randy Couture

Mamet goes Bruce Lee on our ass with a martial arts movie with a moral code. Mike Terry's (Ejiofor) jujitsu academy is ailing and his honourable intentions are getting in the way of making a profit. Cue trouble in the form of an action-star (Tim Allen) and a trite story of overcoming cynicism.

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