As a film director, David Mamet is an iffy proposition. His early movies “House of Games” and “Homicide” were exciting little mind puzzles. Later ones like “Heist” and “Spartan” were easy to forget.
Now Mamet has a mixed-martial-arts movie coming out in early May.
(Yeah, I said “mixed martial arts.” Finally... David Mamet is writing about something that matters.)
The movie is called “Redbelt.” Chiwetel Ejiofor is the star, which means I will pay to see it. (Hat-tip: Invisible Woman.)
Below are two different trailers for “Redbelt.” Which is interesting because it illustrates how studios can package and market a film to appeal to different audiences.
The top trailer, released a month ago, is all about the men. All about the fighting.
The bottom one, released last week, has the female characters front and center... as if “Redbelt” were some kind of relationship movie.