Undisputed

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2002

Common Sense Media says

A forgettable prison boxing movie.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2002

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What parents need to know

Violence

Prison fight violence, boxing violence. References to rape.

Sex

References to prison sex.

Language

Very strong prison language including racist language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mild.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely strong language (including the "N" word in the soundtrack), violent confrontations, references to rape and prison sex, and corrupt officials. Some viewers will be concerned about implications that the rape survivor may be lying about what happened.

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What's the story?

In UNDISPUTED, world heavyweight champion "Iceman" (Ving Rhames) is convicted of rape and sent to a maximum security prison. Monroe (Wesley Snipes), a former heavyweight contender, is the undefeated champion in the inter-prison division. They fight each other. That isn't a summary of the movie – that is the movie. There is some flash and attitude, but it is all on the surface. The boxers fight in a cage rimmed with barbed wire. That makes for some cool shots through the swirls, but it doesn't make any sense. There's also an escape risk in the middle of a boxing match with all the guards standing there watching.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There is more plot and character development in Michael Jackson's music video for "Beat It" than in this forgettable prison boxing movie. Sports movies (and prison movies, and, come to think of it, most movies) work well when there's a metaphorical journey involving risk, learning, sacrifice and growth. There's none of that here.

Iceman and Monroe are unchanged from beginning to end. We hear that Iceman is a strong offensive boxer, so we expect to see Monroe develop a strategy to put him on the defense. Nope. Monroe says that he has learned to live entirely inside himself, rely only on himself, and stay in control at all times, so we expect to see him have to rely on himself. Nope. Some big deal is made about having the big fight according to the old rules from the bare-knuckle days, but then the guy organizing the fight changes his mind and decides they will use gloves. Except for one guy who dies, everyone ends up pretty much where they started. All that's left, then, is the boxing. There are some powerful moments, but they, too, are flash without substance, and show no real understanding of the sport.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it meant to Monroe and Iceman to be the champion. How were their ways of coping similar and how were they different?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 23, 2002
DVD release date:November 26, 2002
Cast:Peter Falk, Ving Rhames, Wesley Snipes
Director:Walter Hill
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Drama
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and violence

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBestPicture1996 August 23, 2010
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The next day you'll think

"What was the name of that movie with that dude from 'Blade'?" It IS forgettable, could've been a direct-to-DVD movie. Actaully that's how I found about this, I saw the DRD sequel over @ a friends, and the language and violence was 1000x worse. The one thing that saves this average sports movie is the subplot, a believable story where Rhames' character is in this prison because he raped a girl.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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