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The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense is a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots. After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to...

Other Titles
W obronie wlasnej, L'art de l'autodéfense, A Arte da Autodefesa, Umetnost samoodbrane, Sztuka samoobrony, ジ・アート・オブ・セルフ・ディフェンス, La mejor defensa es un ataque, L'arte della difesa personale, El arte de defenderse
Running Time
1 hours 44 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Director
Riley Stearns
Writer
Riley Stearns
Actors
Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Steve Terada
Country
USA
Year
2019
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.

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Samuel Jenkins

This movie is great fun for everyone. The cast was perfect, the dialogue and scenes were great and the script was better than the trailers. Overall a great movie and the fact that you get to laugh at the writers was a bonus. The movie was edited really well and the music was great. It wasn't bad like all the bad reviews say. It was fun to watch and loved every minute of it. 8/10

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Bryan S.

This film is about a man who's family is dead and he has to stay in the car that they used for decades and have to hide away from the life they've left. The film was so underrated and has been compared to 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou?' The only similarity is that the car used for many decades is a GMC, which I love. The film is an amazing piece of work and I highly recommend it. The film is very smart and smart, as well as funny, like a movie should be. It's not only smart, but it's funny as well, like a movie should be. If you're looking for something that makes you think, this is the film for you. The cast is great, as well as the direction and cinematography. It's not a film that is just for people that like low-brow comedy, as the humor is actually very funny. I absolutely love this film, and I highly recommend it. The film has a great soundtrack, so you can also make use of that. If you're looking for a film that's smart and funny, this is the film for you. I give the film a 10 out of 10, and it's a perfect pick for a movie night. There's also a little something for everyone, including the love for low-brow humor.

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Mark Beck

People have been writing about this movie for a long time and when I heard the critics and the rating I was a little hesitant. But it was a very entertaining movie and I never had a better feeling about any movie in any genre. I didn't know what to expect but it was great. The performances by the cast was great and the direction was great. I have read reviews that criticize the director, but I think he did a great job of directing the story and the acting. I was also surprised to see that the young lead actor and the director are related. This movie has a great message about how we act to how we perceive our world. I hope everyone can see it. I gave this a strong 8/10.

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Tiffany

The Art of Self-Defense is a thriller that is a bit slow to get going but does what it sets out to do. I enjoyed this film immensely, and it doesn't suffer from the expected cliches like the over-use of flashing images. In fact, most of the dialogue and characters in this film actually sound real and meaningful. The acting was quite good, especially Richard Jenkins as the seemingly haunted. Each character has a distinct personality that is quickly established. The whole film feels authentic and realistic. It is truly great to see a film that doesn't rely on a poor story and is instead about a person on the verge of suicide. Overall, I found this film to be a very good and engaging film that kept me engrossed and entertained. I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys the horror genre.

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Donna B.

Obviously, given that it is one of the most famous movies in American history, I was anxious to see this. On the way, I heard from several people that this movie was atrocious, horrible. And that is how it is. But I found it. After watching it, I came away feeling slightly different. Perhaps it is because I thought back on it, and compared it to the movie. I can't say if this is the movie, but what I can say is that I can't see how it can be called terrible. The first thing you notice about this movie is that it is so-so. The acting was pretty awful, but that isn't where it stops. You are dealing with characters that are 100% unbelievable. We never really know why they are doing what they are doing. These characters are not likeable, they are not likable, they are not likeable. There's a story, and it is utterly unimportant. The story is about a man named Kevin, who has been hit by a car, killed, and then he is shot dead, and then he dies. He is dead, but he doesn't die. He awakes in a hospital with only one shot in his back. The two doctors (played by Josh Lucas and Vin DeFelice) are talking to him, and he is saying, "They said he could live." After the doctor says this, we hear Kevin's voice say, "I'll live." A year later, Kevin's daughter dies, and now he is told by the doctors that he will live. We never really learn why this happened, or why he didn't die. We also never really see his wife and her friends. We never really see him very much. And I'll say this about the movie. I didn't find it overly long. The only thing that kept me from watching it longer is that the characters were so unbelievable. I wanted to see what would happen, how would they react. But I didn't. So, for me, it was a good movie, but it was still not very good. But if you like romantic crime movies, it is worth watching. You may find yourself really wanting to watch this movie, and it will make you feel a little better.

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Margaret S.

An in depth character study on one of the best men in film. Director William Friedkin created a drama like no other. In many ways this film is a film noir that also deals with character. Here we see the lives of ordinary people torn apart by a death and many times when they try to find closure on their losses they only create more pain. Each actor plays a different part, here we see Michael Douglas playing an aging playboy and a menacing bomb thrower with no pity or compassion. Gregory Peck plays a troubled actor who grows out of his issues and leaves a life of crime to take care of his dying wife. The scenes between the two lead characters are tense, but at the same time realistic. Their chemistry is very strong and you can see how much each one loves the other. There is no love story, the script is one of a character study of two men who are emotionally scarred, trying to find the best way out of their lives. With this movie the result is a black comedy that is very serious yet humorous and entertaining. Friedkin not only makes this a character study on two actors who are very real, he makes the character study of their lives as well. He made a film that is entirely real yet realistic. The performances are incredible and the plot is quite complex. Though I haven't seen all of Friedkin's movies I still rate this film very highly. It has an extremely interesting story, with a fantastic cast. There is something about this film that I feel is unique. If you like movies like this one you should definitely see this one.

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Robert Black

I gave this a solid 8. I know I'm in the minority, but I thought the movie was good and I wouldn't change it. The cast is great and the story is well done. There are some twists and turns, but they're done well and not too forced. So if you want a good mystery/drama movie, this one is for you. I also liked the ending. If you like good mystery/drama movies, you'll like this one.

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Margaret

I had always been fascinated by the topic of sexual orientation and the movies that deal with this topic are usually rather disappointing. Usually not as good as the books and often lacking in the original. So when I finally stumbled upon a copy of this movie that actually was the complete source material for the source material for the book I couldn't wait to watch it. This movie was excellent and it was even better than I had thought. The acting was first rate, the storyline was fascinating and the characters were very intriguing. This movie had everything a movie should have, suspense, tension, surprise and even some great acting. This was a very entertaining movie and I give it a high rating.

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Shirley Warren

So, what does a person need to do to survive in this post-9/11 world? How do you survive? You can't? Well, this film is for you. A very well made movie. I especially liked the way the director used sound. I was listening to this movie in my home theater with a 60 inch TV. The movie was very quiet for a movie, but the director did a very good job at this. The movie was very violent, so I don't recommend this for little kids. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a child, but my younger brother is. The fact is, a lot of parents will not allow their children to see this movie, because they are too afraid of what it will do to them if they see it. But the director has done a great job of making the violence and gore realistic. I'm not a very big fan of violence, but in this film, it was done so very well. The way the knife was handled in the beginning was great. I think the knife itself was a good metaphor for the violence that is going to happen, but the way it was done was just excellent. You can tell the director knows how to do this, and that is why he is doing a great job. I really enjoyed this movie, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good dramatic thriller.

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Louis

All in all I liked this movie. It was very enjoyable. But it could have been much better. It was good with the first act, but then it went off track a little bit. It had some good moments. The beginning scene with the kid's mother making the pizza was amazing. I would definitely recommend this movie. It was great.

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Patricia T.

I would not call this a crime movie. This movie is one of the most entertaining and entertaining crime movies I've seen. I think this is the best movie to come out of Hollywood in a while. It does a great job of making you believe that it's really a crime movie because it's all in your head. It's really a fascinating movie to watch. I don't know if it's because the cast is so talented or the script but it really feels like a movie that was done on purpose. It is entertaining and funny and thrilling. The direction is great. I loved that this was directed by an acclaimed director. It felt so real and cinematic. It was well shot and the directing was good. I also thought that the acting was great. There were a few awkward moments but they weren't bad. The two leads were good. I love the cast of this movie and I think it's really good. The writing is great and I think it was done with such care. I love this movie. It's entertaining, it's funny, and it's thrilling. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Albert Knight

I came in the movie with a certain amount of expectations, but I wasn't really expecting much. I found that I was greatly entertained by this film, and that I was able to really get into it. If you're a sucker for the psychological thriller, then this movie is for you. If you're not a sucker for the psychological thriller, this movie isn't for you either. It's an intense story with a great amount of tension and suspense. This movie is also loaded with some very interesting characters, and actors, and actors that work really well together. While it's somewhat predictable at times, it's still very enjoyable and I really do recommend this movie to any person that has an interest in a good psychological thriller. I rate this film 8 out of 10 stars.

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Ashley W.

This is a satire of the way the media is shaping our view of events, and who are trying to prevent what we see on the news. The cast is excellent, but the real star is Hugh Jackman, who embodies the role of Hank's dad, Ron Hoke, perfectly. The mystery is that he is the greatest agent of cover-up and deceiver in the world. The film is rated PG-13, with a little violence and language, and a brief nudity scene, but nothing that would make me run the home theater or even cancel my subscription to the video store.

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Richard Hanson

The whole movie is pretty much based around the idea of mental health. The film explores the concept of how the psychological damage we have caused is a direct result of the decisions we have made in our lives and how this can be fixed if we truly decide to go out and make changes to our lives. The film starts off with the name that we are given, Andrew Joseph in part of the movie, who is a computer expert in a very important position, and he has to perform some very dangerous work. He gets into a situation where he has to go through a gun test and has to hit five targets within one minute. He doesn't want to do this but the odds are very high that he has to. He has a wife, a young daughter, a really nice car, and the most important thing in his life. His girlfriend. So he goes through a lot of trouble to try and get the test done and he can't help but to think about the possibility of having to do this. The movie does a great job in explaining this. In the end, Andrew has to face the very real possibility of having to face all of these decisions that he had made in his life. His girlfriend is hurt and he decides to face the pain. He has to decide what he wants to do with his life. And in the end, he chooses to get help. He realizes that he has to be in control of his life and change the things that he is doing to make it a better place for the people he loves and the people that he loves to. This film is a very realistic and sad story and it will definitely stick in the mind of any person who has suffered a mental health crisis. In my opinion, the film was quite successful because it gave us a better understanding of what it is to be human and what our choices have caused us. This movie is very close to my heart. I thought that it was very interesting and entertaining and it did a great job in presenting a different angle to the idea of mental health.

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Jacqueline A.

Every once in a while, a movie comes along and tells a story so perfectly you're hooked from the beginning to the end. This film, just like Fences, is a perfect example of a perfectly executed tale told so well that you want to watch it over and over again. This is the story of a young mother and her daughter who have a run in with the law, and in the process, this family will become a target for the law. It's an excellent film. The performances are great, the writing is genius, the directing is excellent, and the directing and acting is flawless. Nothing you've ever seen before comes close to matching this film. It's about family and the effects of a tragedy on the individuals involved. It's incredibly well-done. Not to mention it's honest and very simple in the fact that it portrays the type of events that happened in the movie as if it's happening to you. It's an excellent movie, and I can't wait to see what else the director has in store.

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Tyler

I guess it's the age old story of our lives and what we choose to do in the past. It's just that I could not find anything unusual about it. The way the film was shot and the story, well, nothing really stood out. I think that the real strength of the film was how it presented the characters. Even though it was a kind of dramatization, it was the stories that the characters were saying that was realistic and the stories the characters are making are the ones we are remembering. The film is a true classic and it was really a pleasure to watch. It was like a conversation that we had with the characters and it was really fun and we had a lot of laughs and it was very entertaining. For a movie that is three hours long, it really felt like it was a dream. It was really fun and refreshing to watch and not just for the reason of the story itself but just the way it was presented and how the actors and actresses and the way the story was told was great. It was really enjoyable. I think that there are a lot of people who would be bored and just don't get this. The entire film is really enjoyable and it is really a treat. It is not for the faint of heart but for those who like it, it is a very enjoyable film. If you liked the film, then you might also like the book.

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Grace Long

I am extremely pleased that we have had this film made. If it hadn't been made I would have never been made aware of it's existence. The cast was excellent, it is truly a must-see for anyone who enjoys detective stories. The twist at the end was a little out there, but if you can sit through it and then come to your own conclusions about it then it does merit a watch. I'll give the film a rating of 8 stars. I have also given a 10 star rating to seven other films and don't know why you'd want to go out of your way to go against this one.

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Frank Gonzales

I haven't seen a film like this since the French New Wave, A World Apart, in the 1960's. I just caught this one on cable and found myself immediately drawn in. With all the issues that can arise in an affair, it's refreshing to see a film that puts these issues front and center. The idea of the woman wanting her lover to stay until the end of their marriage seems a little inane, but what's more interesting is the tension between the woman and the husband. You can feel the couples' desire to escape, but at the same time it seems like they are trying to keep the marriage together, and make sure that the lover stays, even if the marriage is about to end. The film was made in 1967, so it's very much of that time and setting, but it certainly didn't seem a late 1960's film. The music and acting are first rate, and the script is original and heartfelt, with several unexpected twists. The characters have complex motivations and you can almost see their past with each other. A film that can get away with the life-ending decisions the main characters make seems very realistic and believable. I highly recommend this film.

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Barbara D.

I was surprised at how engaging this film was. I never expected it to be as good as it was. It's a gripping, witty and suspenseful film that just shows a lot of self awareness. It's a very well shot film that I can watch over and over again without getting bored. It has some humorous moments that just add to the entertainment. It has a good mix of different genres and different moods. It's a strong and surprising film that I think will be talked about for years to come. I would recommend it to anyone that's a fan of film. It is truly a great movie and a great tribute to the craft of film.

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Justin Duncan

This movie is definitely an entertaining piece of work. The acting is great throughout, though Tom Sizemore is a little off in his performance. It's a little over the top at times, but the main character is a little over the top, so I can't really complain about that. The plot is interesting, and the dialogue is very good, which usually results in a good film. Not quite up to the standard of Law and Order, but still very good. Don't believe everything you read or see in this movie. I did watch it to the end, and I will watch it again, if not for the plot.

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Richard

SPOILERS.HOPEFULLY.BEWARE! First, this isn't the typical Hollywood thriller that Hollywood films have been making for the past fifty years. The screenplay is flawless, the directing is great, and the acting is superb. But there are the dreaded, "LOL" moments. But they aren't too numerous and are only really noticeable during the climactic action. (Remember the scene where the cops are trying to track down the killer's family. Yeah, that's one LOL moment.) At the end of the film, I was just trying to figure out why the killer's father wanted to kill his son and why he was so confused at times. It might be because he was simply acting in the very same way that his son was acting when he was a child. I don't know. Anyway, I really enjoyed this film. It was long, and it was hard to keep up with, but it was still incredibly captivating and fun. There are a few disappointing parts (like the scene where the cops find the killer's weapon, but the killer is in his car, and he's not in the room where his son's body was found), but in the end, it was a truly outstanding thriller that you will never forget.

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Frank Powell

This was a fascinating film. At times, it seemed to drag, but it was actually a pretty solid hour and a half. I could sense that the rest of the cast was giving it their all and they really did make this film worth watching. The film was an interesting look at the psychology of "who's the killer", or if you will, "How one's mood, circumstance and environment can lead to bad judgement and actions". The script is smart and smart people make good movies. I do hope to see this film again and recommend it to others.