‘Jiu Jitsu’ Movie Review: Nicolas Cage Match

by Jeremy Spirogis
Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi

For most individuals, the promoting level of Jiu Jitsu is Nicolas Cage doing martial arts. It delivers that, man oh man, however there’s much more for motion film buffs who’ve been following the style. It’s additionally the brand new film from the creator and star of the Kickboxer reboot. 

Where Nicolas Cage suits into ‘Jiu Jitsu’

A comet passes by the Earth each six years. Every time, a gap open up inside a temple and the warrior of loss of life comes by way of. Jake (Alain Moussi) arrives at a navy base in Burma with no reminiscence, but the talents to battle. 

Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi
L-R: Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi | The Avenue

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Other fighters collect whereas military intelligence officer Myra (Marie Avgeropoulos) interrogates Jake. She retains questioning Jake when he has no reminiscence, one thing about plutonium ranges. It’s a factor they usually must battle and that half’s superior.

There’s extra. Brax (Ryan Tarran) has come to battle Earth’s Jiu Jitsu, our biggest fighters. If they lose, Brax will kill all the pieces on the planet. It actually doesn’t must be this difficult with the comet and the temple. It may simply be an alien arrives on the lookout for a battle, however right here we’re. At one level Jake falls into Wylie (Cage)’s hideout. 

Nicolas Cage vs. the world 

Wylie finally ends up becoming a member of the staff of fighters going up in opposition to Brax, however not earlier than he fights Jake first. Cage can wield a pole. Some of Wylie’s extra acrobatic strikes are a double, however this isn’t The Matrix the place Keanu Reeves may spend months studying Kung Fu. Cage in all probability realized what he may within the time he had and he performs effectively. 

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Nicolas Cage | The Avenue

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Cage additionally provides a few of the convoluted exposition together with his wild flare, and some little Face/Off gestures too. It reveals how he takes strains and performs with the emphasis, possibly provides his personal colloquialisms. 

‘Jiu Jitsu’ showcases martial arts

Jiu Jitsu assembled a variety of nice martial artists to affix Moussi. Director Dimitri Logothetis and cinematographer Gerardo Madrazo make positive to showcase their work in clear motion scenes. When the movie introduces Tony Jaa, the digicam has to go round constructing and catch again up with him, so it’s all the time following his strikes, by no means attempting to obscure them. 

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A primary individual perspective of Moussi’s fists is enjoyable too. JuJu Chan will get some cool devices so as to add to her martial arts. Brax is like Predator meets the bounty hunters from Critters. He has cool armor and no face. Brax fights a variety of the opposite fighters within the woods, however even at evening you may nonetheless see the fights clearly. 

Fans of hand handy fight want one thing to tide them over between John Wick films. Logothetis and Moussi are a few of the filmmakers retaining the style transferring ahead whereas Hollywood depends on CGI. Jiu Jitsu could chunk off greater than it will probably chew plot-wise however it delivers the thrills. 

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