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Art of Submission (2009)

 -  Action | Drama  -  September 2014 (USA)
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This full-contact action drama, loaded with authentic mixed martial arts, is a transcending inspirational story of redemption.

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Credited cast:
Maria Sanchez
Johnny Sanchez
Harbin Rask
Natania Sanchez
Tony Lyndelli
Police Officer #2
Ring Announcer
Natania's Friend (as Leslie Garza Rivera)
Ernie Reyes Sr. ...
Diego Sanchez


Respect is earned by those who are willing to die for a worthy cause. While all men crave respect, few ever find their battlefield. For Johnny Sanchez, war happens in the ring, on the RED CANVAS. What are you willing to die for? Written by Kenneth Chamitoff

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Rated PG-13 for violence, pervasive martial arts action, substance abuse, some sensuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »




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September 2014 (USA)  »

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The Red Canvas  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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The film has been primarily funded by Martial Arts School Owners and their students. See more »

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Not the best or the worst action movie
29 July 2013 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Submission, err, Red Canvas or Art of Submission released in 2009, or 2012, or, oh, forget it, all the same movie. This is a MMA action/drama movie centering around the plight of a young adult who wants to train to be a mixed martial arts star. Of course, he is in troubled times and the movie attempts to juggle the action with the drama but falls short on it. The tempo switching in this movie is often too random to hold the audiences attention, while debating if this is a tear-jerker, or just a beat 'em up flick. The fighting sequences at times are very well done, and other times, just plain silly. Ernie Reyes Jr. does a decent job acting as the main character, often being forced to shift gears from a apprehensive heavy to a sentimental person of the film quite quickly. Ving Rhames (big fan of) plodded through this movie, seemingly unconvinced of why he was there. I may have been a bit more sold on this movie had it not been the length of it. By the films finale, I just felt more or less like "get it over already" so I will. 3.9/10

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