UNDISPUTED had many things going for it.
Wesley Snipes plays 'The Champ,' a felon behind bars for life who finds primary solace in remaining undefeated in prison league bouts. Ving Rhames plays 'The Champ,' the world heavyweight boxing champion sent to jail -- ala Mike Tyson -- for allegedly raping a young woman in his company. Director Walter Hill has more than his fair share of memorable action flicks under his belt. Peter Falk (in a supporting performance) brings an aging Soprano-esque performance as a mafia don behind bars manipulating the two champs, Vegas odds, and the entire prison system to see that this fight goes on.
However, in the end, the viewer is awarded a message that was delivered in the film's first ten minutes: just because the world recognizes you as the finest athlete around doesn't mean you're destined to remain "undisputed."
Sadly, the film goes nowhere except when it spends time in the squared circle. Snipes and Rhames trade punches but, sadly, the script only gives them a handful of chances to trade barbs outside the ring. Had the two been given the opporunity to use their charisma outside of left jabs and right hooks, this film might've been elevated above standard prison action fare; as it is, it's just "unengaging."