Set on the westside of the Los Angeles fight world, a scene inhabited by bouncers, cagefighters, cops and special forces types REDBELT is the story of Mike Terry (Ejiofor), a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai's code. Terry and his wife Sondra (Braga) struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night, between an off duty officer (Martini) and a distraught laywer (Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Jay, Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Allen). In order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.
Nominated: Best Actor (Ejiofor), 2008 Black Reel Awards
The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy.