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The story of a young, lightning fast Latino boxer who must navigate the path between his newfound fame, with all its seductive trappings, and his humble yet proud roots growing up on the hardscrabble, mean streets of Jackson Heights, Queens. Surrounded by his childhood friends and an old school trainer, Lex Vargas endures a devastating personal loss before turning professional, eventually signing with a high-profile promoter in order to accelerate his career and get a title shot. The move brings Lex fame, fortune, a new house and a sexy girlfriend - but threatens to undermine the longtime bonds and proud heritage he shares with his buddies from the old neighborhood in this hard-hitting, action-packed story.]]>
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Lex Vargas is a local boxer with dreams of making out of Jackson Heights. his best friend Loco (Clifton Collins Jr.) is also his manager, and intends on taking Vargas to the next level. Vargas first wins the P.A.L.S. boxing tournament then goes pro with his trainer Victor, who intends on bring up Vargas the right way. "you wanna walk or you wanna be the champ" is his motto. with Victor, Vargas starts to climb the charts, but then he falls in deep with Mac, whose connected with one of the big time boxing promotional teams.
Mac brings up Vargas fast and furious, Victor leaves cause he knows what's happening, Vargas falls for the BS and gets his title shot and wins. Following the fight, Loco starts seeing things differently, he starts seeing boxing as entertainment and not a sport and tries to get Vargas out before its to late, but he can't, so he walks on Vargas.
Vargas looses out with his friends because he rather go to business parties with Mac and company then hang out with his friends like he use to.
the whole tme, Vargas is also falling for Lizette Sanchez, a latino singer who hooks up with Mac to make it big, and she'll do anything to make it big. as she says, "we both started out naked, back there (jackson heights) that was waiting, but this is living."
the love story is complicated because Lizette is fooling around with Mac to make it big but is falling in love with Lex. at the same time, Lex is finally seeing what Loco had seen all along, that boxing was really entertainment.Read more ›
Which is why I, as a film fan and a boxing fan have been longing for the day when someone would take it in another direction, do something new, resist the temptation to throw in the obligatory training montage and give us something we haven't seen before. On some levels "Undefeated" succeeds. On other levels, it does not.
Leguizamo plays Lex Vargas, a Latino boxer with lightning fast hands, a lightning fast tongue (Yo I hit that fool so hard it hurt his whole family!) and a will to succeed at any cost. While Leguizamos portrayal of Vargas is convincing enough, the character himself is a bit too typical to the old boxing movie formula. Street kid, tough up-bringing, and so on. While he entertains, he does not explore any new territory.
This film also struggles with reality. Vargas' rise to fame is awfully brief. One day, he's fighting in the clubs, the next day he's a millionaire, and all this even before he's won a world title. As for the fight sequences.... All I can say is; Mouthfuls of fake blood, pulled punches and telegraphing galore... You get the Idea.
This film has its winning aspects, however. Leguizamos charismatic performance as Lex Vargas gives the film it's energy, and Vanessa Ferlito refreshes as the beautiful Lisette, a woman with her own agenda, and a thankful departure form the boxers-crying-girlfriend we've seen all too many times before.
All in all, undeeated is good, solid, popcorn movie fare. A bit of action, a bit of sex appeal and good acting all round. But if you're after a boxing movie with a bit more substance, there are other places you could go.
now for the good part:great boxing scenes,leguizamo's abs
Only see this movie if you are a huge john leguizamo fan or boxig fan.
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I've seen this movie before and that's why I want it! I Love John Leguizamo's character in this segment! Never got the movie- it got cancelled, but hopefully I can get it again!Published 19 months ago by Joanna Peavler
this movie is filled with action packed excitement. I love boxing movie and if you do to you should see this movie.Published on January 19, 2014 by mary zulpo