Movie Reviews: Undisputed




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     Miramax (90 min.)
     A heavyweight-boxing champ, accused of raping a woman, is sent to prison where he faces the prison-boxing champ.
     Ving Rhames, Wesley Snipes, Peter Falk, Fisher Stevens, Ed Lover
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Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes go head-to-head as two modern day gladiators in Walter Hill’s stylish MTV goes to prison melodrama "Undisputed." Taking a page from "Iron" Mike Tyson’s tainted life, Rhames plays surly George "Iceman" Chambers, the undefeated boxing heavyweight of the world who’s been incarcerated for rape in the noirishly fictitious Sweetwater prison located in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Once inside, Chambers discovers he may be the undefeated champ on the outside, but Sweetwater prison has its own undefeated champion, lifer Monroe Hutchens (Snipes).

Chambers immediately attacks Hutchens in the prison cafeteria, and says that he’s the "real" world boxing champion. Hutchens, who builds matchstick sculptures and reads "Zen Weekly" when he’s not beating the crap out of people, tells Chambers he’s not the Sweetwater champion.

Chambers, an egotistical bully, begins terrorizing the prison population so to such an extend that he manages to motivate Neo-Nazis and Black Muslims to conspire together against him.

So naturally the fight is on thanks to an old gangster and boxing purist Mendy Ripstein (Peter Falk) who arranges a secret no-holds-barred London Prize Rules boxing cage match to the finish.

"Undisputed" is not "Rocky" and it isn’t suppose to be. There’s only two fight scenes in the film, so the final battle between Chambers and Hutchens is poignant, believable and the buildup to the fight more palpable and memorable.



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