“Jiu Jitsu” (2020) Podcast Movie Review

Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi in Jiu Jitsu (2020)

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Jiu Jitsu (2020; Dir.: Dimitri Legothetis) – Episode 128

“Get off my piano.”

In their final Cage Match review, Nouveau Shamanic acolytes Daniel and Corky grapple with the un-gentle art of Jiu Jitsu. Cage goes Obi-Yawn Kenobi as a neo-hippie martial arts mentor, but cedes the lead to Canadian stuntman, martial artist and charisma black hole Alain Moussi. Jiu Jitsu comes up short on every level, especially the omnipresent fight scenes. Writer-director Legothetis pulls out all the stops, but the film is as empty as the emptiest Hollywood blockbuster, only without the saving grace of production values.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss CGI raspberry jam, Sorkin-esque walk-and-stalks and the fine art of newspaper hats.


U.S. theatrical debut: Nov. 20, 2020

Worldwide box office: ~$100,000 (production budget: $25 million)

Critics scores: 28 on Rotten Tomatoes; 27 on Metacritic

IMDB synopsis: “Every six years, an ancient order of jiu-jitsu fighters joins forces to battle a vicious race of alien invaders. But when a celebrated war hero goes down in defeat, the fate of the planet and mankind hangs in the balance.”

This week’s referenced movies: Cosmic SinSophie’s ChoiceStar Wars movies; Predator movies; StargateMortal Kombat movies; KrullRevolutionJohn Wick movies; Bourne films; UpgradeDancin’: It’s On!Cool as Ice; Marvel movies; The Expendables movies; Left Behind (2014)Heat (1995); UltravioletMonty Python and the Holy GrailChinatownThe Two JakesTop Secret!China SalesmanThe Warrior and the SorceressPrometheusBattlefield: EarthSouthern Comfort50 First Dates; Spider-Man: Far from Home


Original trailer for Jiu Jitsu


“This is doable.”

Lancelot at the wedding

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