I’m about as sick as can be of people sucking Redbelt’s dick, especially those who haven’t even seen it yet. Certain someones get double-dutch annoyer points for comparing Redbelt to Never Back Down, which would be like comparing James Bond to Austin Powers. These are completely different movies, trying to do completely different things.
But here’s the thing about Never Back Down: it never LIED about what it was going to be like. It was very upfront and honest about being a stupid popcorn flick. In the other corner you’ve got Redbelt (which according to all reviews thus far IS NOT A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE), trying to trick people into thinking it’s going to be some sort of whack-sockey “Take the other guy down!!!!111” flick when so far reviewers say it’s more of an emotional journey through relationships and backroom dealings. And hey, that’s all well and good. Just don’t throw together ads which misrepresent that fact.
Now I’m still going to see Redbelt, just like I went and saw Never Back Down. Past this tirade on the bullshit marketing ploys of the studio, I’m going to keep my mouth shut on reviewing it till I actually see it (I know, what a crazy idea).