If I have to see one more burly, good-looking man battle some guy with a bad German accent I am going to barf. That's why I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve Patterson shatter Hollywood's paradigm with his thoughtful and sensitive movie "Drawing Down the Moon." Somehow he manages to use violence as a lesson in self-righteousness using the self-defense practice of Aikido to stress the importance of standing up for yourself and being strong on demand. I found myself cheering on the goodhearted witch (a- *gasp*- female lead), who so generously aided the homeless, but also sympathized with the antagonists. After all, Walter Koenig's character was working towards a common goal- in effect, his solution to the chaos theory would better humankind. If you're looking for a movie with a death count you can perform on one hand, and where a woman can change the world without "getting her guy", this one is for you!
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