Friday, May 29, 2009


Mike (Chiwetel Ejiofor) runs his jujitsu dojo in the spirit of a time forgotten, shunning competitions or anything else that dilutes the purity of the art. This doesn't help with the monetary side of things which increasingly frustrates his Brazilian wife (Alice Braga). Fate then deals him a strange hand when he ends up saving a famous actor (Tim Allen) and a disturbed lawyer discharges a weapon in his dojo. As everything careens out of control, Mike is faced with the tough choice of having to participate in a competition or lose everything. A film that promises so much but like some David Mamet films, it fails to deliver that final punch.

Rating: * *

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