Jiu Jitsu (2020) is a sci-fi martial arts movie starring Nicolas Cage, Frank Grillo and Alain Moussi. It takes you on a sci-fi adventure that’s actually rather entertaining. Fortunately you can obtain this film on blu-ray in the UK thanks to Signature Entertainment. So let’s takes a closer look, this is my Jiu Jitsu blu-ray review.
- Jiu Jitsu (2020)
- Genre: Sci-fi / Martial Arts
- Directed by Dimitri Logothetis
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released by Signature Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 4 January 2021
The earth is visited every six years by a strange alien being that demands to be challenged in battle. Fortunately an ancient order of experts in Jiu Jitsu is there to defend the earth. However when one of those fighters decides to flee the fight it places the lives of everyone at risk.
Style / Direction
Director Dmitri Logothetis delivers a rather interesting and visually appealing sci-fi martial arts movie. The cinematographer for the film was Gerardo Madrazo.
If I have one criticism about the film, and I know this tends to be a genre thing, it’s that the fight sequences go on far too long for my liking. I know the genre loves to show off the all the moves but at times I became rather bored. It seemed to slow the pace of the interesting stuff down a little too much.
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from Mocean Worker
Acting / Characters
The acting is actually pretty good all-round with no real weak links. Alain Moussi plays Jake Barnes a guy that’s lost his memory and is somewhat in the dark for most of the movie.
Nicolas Cage plays a strange fellow with a hidden past but is also quite funny. The cast is rather action orientated as you might well expect but deliver good performances.
- Alain Moussi as Jake Barnes
- Frank Grillo as Harrigan
- Nicolas Cage as Wylie
- Rick Yune as Captain Sand
- Marie Avgeropoulos as Myra
- JuJu Chan as Carmen
- Tony Jaa as Keung
- Maresse Crump as Forbes
- Ryan Tarran as Brax
- June Sasitorn as June
- Dan Rizutto as Franz
- Rigan Machado as Victor
- Jack Kingsley as Hector
- Eddie Steeples as Tex
Conclusion: Jiu Jitsu (2020) Film Review
Did I enjoy Jiu Jitsu? Yes for the most part it’s a highly entertaining sci-fi adventure. I must admit I went into this one not really expecting to enjoy it, so that just goes to show you why you shouldn’t right off a movie before you’ve watched it.
As I mentioned earlier the only part that slightly spoilt the film was some of the prolonged action sequences that never seemed to end. Again lovers of martial arts movies may well want more of that but I’m more of a sci-fi fan.
If you’ve enjoyed my Jiu Jitsu blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Outcast (2014)
- The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
- John Wick (2014)
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
- Boss Level (2021)
Conclusion: Jiu Jitsu (2020) Blu-ray Review
What of the film’s UK blu-ray release? Well it’s from 2020 so the picture quality is perfect.
There are no extras included, which is fine by me as long as the film has a blu-ray release. All too often the UK only receives a DVD release. Good job Signature Entertainment may you pick up more new titles!
On to my movie rating for Jiu Jitsu (2020)
MOVIE RATING: ENTERTAINING
BLU-RAY RATING: PERFECT
Amazon UK Links
Jiu Jitsu (2020) is available now on blu-ray.
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may NOT be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Jiu Jitsu blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more thrillers soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
Summary: Jiu Jitsu (2020) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Jiu Jitsu (2020)
Duration: 107 mins
Director(s): Dmitri Logothetis
Actor(s): Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, Nicolas Cage, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos, JuJu Chan
Genre: Sci-fi, Martial Arts
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Entertaining sci-fi martial arts adventure
- Good Cast
- Entertaining Story
- Fight Sequences Too Long
- No Extras