The Nicolas Cage Sci-Fi Action Movie ‘Jiu Jitsu’ Is a Ridiculous Good Time
Jiu Jitsu, the ridiculous action movie featuring Nicolas Cage , is currently streaming on Netflix.
This review was published back in November, 2020 when the film was originally released on VOD.
In 1996 and 1997, Nicolas Cage went on a three-movie run that remains virtually unmatched in the realm of action blockbuster-dom:
Michael Bay’s Alcatraz break-in extravaganza The Rock, Simon West’s plane hijacking opus Con Air, and John Woo’s reconstructive surgery parable Face/Off.
These three films represent the height of post-Die Hard ’90s big-budget filmmaking,
an era of gleefully dumb high-concept premises, elaborate stunt set-pieces, and winking humor.
These movies are slick, loud, and obnoxious. Cage, having then recently won an Oscar for 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas,
was the perfect actor to both ground and accentuate the rampant absurdity.
Nobody is going to confuse Jiu Jitsu, Cage’s latest action movie offering about a team of mysterious warriors facing off against a Predator-like alien,
with one of the actor’s ’90s hits. It’s not produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and it’s not trying to wow you with state-of-the-art visual effects. Instead, you can quickly spot the many ways the co-writer and director, Kickboxer: Retaliation filmmaker Dimitri Logothetis,
attempted to possibly save some cash. (There’s CG blood galore.) And Cage, playing an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure, doesn’t really make his presence known until about 40 minutes into the movie. ดูหนังออนไลน์