Aug 25, 2008


As a rabid fan of cinema, my knowledge of film knows no bounds. I watch at least 1 film a day, regardless if I'm even at work. In my frequent studies, I have generated an endless repertoire of cinema related know-hows and likings. What started as a lust for arthouse films and avant-garde oddities soon expanded into the undying action genre, not just any action, but black action.

Undisputed is a contender for heavyweight action film of the world. It's one of those films that have no limits on entertainment or career-turning performances. Undisputed is that one popular film amongst urban audiences that hasn't generated much publicity and bombed in the box office thanks to Shyamalan's Signs. In the year 2006, a DTV sequel was released which I had no interest at viewing and purposely avoided like the plague.

Undisputed is a simple structured film based on the legacy of reputation. The plot in a few sentences: Ving Rhames is the heavyweight champion of the world, gets convicted of date rape and is sent to Sweetwater prison. There, he gets in a prison match with former champion and undefeated Monroe (Snipes). This film is, at heart, a boxing film strategically forged to please action fans.

Walter Hill (The Warriors) has created a film that not only entertains me, but also moves me. You might be oblivious to the emotions behind this film, but I'm not. The melancholy that is always apparent within Monroe is only an addition to his fighter spirit. Undisputed owes a lot to similar film In Hell starring Van Damme. Both of these are worthy prison fighting films but In Hell is a much darker experience.

Undisputed is a sucker punch in the face for anyone who expects any less. This is a film that throws in various makeshift elements in order to diversify the film, the only difference is that it works. Wesley Snipes plays a spiritual fighter who builds toothpick structures and Ving Rhames plays the bad ass douche bag, and together they create the greatest boxing film ever.


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