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There are no surprises in this film as it builds to its inevitable climax, with Peter Falk cast as a Mafioso inmate who arranges a boxing match inside the prison walls. The acting is uniformly good. And the script well written. That's about the most to be expected from this kind of film.
Frankly, I rather liked it. Maybe because it didn't try to be anything but what it was. Therefore I give it a mild recommendation.
So they fight, but not so soon. A veteran prisoner named Ripstein (excellent Peter Falk, spitting out so many F-words) steps in, who truly loves the art of boxing, and he wants them to fight there, in the prison in the middle of the desert. Surrounding the three main characters are Michael Rooker, Wes Studi, Jon Seda, Fisher Stevens, and Master P as special guest.
The story is so simple, but the point is not that part. If you are looking for "48 Hours" it's not here. Hill and co-writer David Glier opted for creating realistic characters instead of actions, so what you see first is not the names of the actors, but those of the characters. They do not talk much about themselves, unlike many films of the genre, but you get to know them through the dialogues, uttered by well-chosen actors who can really act.
"Undisputed" belongs to the genre (prison film); however, it never shows unnecessary digression in the short course of story, and Hill wants that way (see how Michael Rooker's character slyly refers to the genre itself). It is not about a hero and a villain, it's about men's pride and dignity, and on that score it succeeds.
There was a formula to boxing movies: it was corrupt and an innocent victim usually the boxer himself ending up either in jail or fighting to save his life at the expense of gangsters who fixed fights in order to make money. Sometimes, the boxer would be caught in a love triangle between two women: A good girl who had his best interests at heart; and the bad girl who was beautiful, sultry and toyed with the fighters affections usually at the behest of the gangster. In the end, a moral was taught and the fighter came out OK in the end. In short, boxing was a metaphor for life: someone who with will and determination triumphed over adversity and lived to see a better day.
Fast forward now to 2002. Times have changed and the formula has changed with it. The boxing movie of today has to have edge, attitude but underlying the basic theme, the metaphor or life still applies.
We have in Ving Rhames, somewhat of a Sonny Liston character toughened to the point that nothing affects him and he won't be intimidated. Success in the ring hasn't softened him one bit.
On the other end, we have Wesley Snipes; a fighter of great promise only to have everything cut short because of murder. Snipe's character too is toughened because of bitterness over what could have been and instead of riches and fame, he has to settle for being the "baddest man in the prison system".
I'm not going to give away the whole scenario here but if you are a boxing fan and that includes collecting boxing movies, then this movie is a MUST.Read more ›
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Great movie with good actors and plenty of action. I saw it a while back and knew I needed to find it and buy it.Published 7 months ago by Frank Gill
To put this into perspective, I don't like many movies much at all and usually pan them. I only watch movies because they are inexpensive (I got this one free) and I don't really... Read morePublished 7 months ago by That's Life
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