It’s all of sudden revealing twist for the audience in the second half that what seems straight and flat circumstantial ordinary chance story in the case of Marshall Art ‘jiu-jitsu’ trainer Mike Terry in the first half, is just preplanned smart trap to fix him.
If you are expecting some quick Marshall Arts action than it will disappoint you, instead it’s more thrilling drama supported by engaging screenplay by writer-Director David Mamet. Its not easy game, instead the luck of your game is decided just before the game begin by one black marble and two white marble. If fate has secured a black marble for the fighter than he has to fight with his opponent quite blindfolded keeping his one of the hand handicap. It’s more discouraging for Terry to know just before the minute of his game that the match is fixed by bookies. How can Terry fight under this trapped cage?
The climax is just pin drop silent game.
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Terry certainly demands appreciation maintaining the attitude of his character displaying repressed anger. I haven’t seen Mamet’s earlier films, noticeably appreciated by few of the renowned film critics but after watching this I will surely try to catch his ‘The House of the Game’ and ‘The Spanish Prisoner’.
Worthy to watch once.