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In my opinon: Kick back, relax, and be entertained. It will never be as bad as ID4 and the IMAC, or Signs and the aliens who come to a planet that is 75% water and they are alergic to water.
This is fantastic boxing film. Wesley Snipes doesn't play the character he normaly plays. Yes, he plays an action hero, but for the first time in a movie...he is fairly quite and soft spoken. The best thing about this movie, is that it builds up the anticipation of the big fight at the end. It doesn't just show a story then thow an ending at you. Their is a lot of plot that is built up to give you a great fight at the end.
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."
Guess I can't get everything I want.
Ving is the World Champion boxer imprisoned for raping a woman. In the prison we find that there is an underground boxing world run by the guards and an old mobster. The champion in this world is Wesley. Naturally the movie builds to the final conflict between the two.
The movie was, at best, bad. I kept watching hoping to see something emerge from this mess and it didn't. The plot, or what little there was, was pure cliche and a bad one at that. Neither actor really invested anything in the characters, both of which were also pure cliche. Ving's was arrogant and over the top. Wesley's was a Zen warrior.
Don't waste your time with this one. If you want to see a "bad" boxing movie then Play it to the Bone with Antonio and Woody is much more entertaining.
As for the movie, great story idea, but seemed like there should have been more to it. I believe Snipes' character was meant to look like the silent bad-a$$ loner, but he came across as a weirdo. I found myself cheering for the "Iceman" from the get go. Plus, I'm pretty sure that if he weren't a paper champion (which he wasn't portrayed as) he would have produced a shellacking on Monroe inside of the first couple of minutes. I actually liked the film for a testosterone-filled action flic, but the ending just didn't grab me and make me cheer for the tooth-pick architect.
I recommend this as a rental maybe once, but it's definitley not a classic.
And there's another problem. You really don't feel for any of these characters. You couldn't care less what happens to any of them. Rhames' character steals the show, but never really gets the audience to hate him(a villain's job) because whether or not he committed a crime is questionable and his only other fault seems to be a big ego. Snipes'(supposedly the movie's hero) is seen even less than Rhames and even less sympathy is built for him because it is obvious that he did commit murder and all he ever does is sit around by himself in silence. This is what you call 0 character development. If the filmmakers were trying to build a Rocky-like charisma and audience appeal for the guy, they failed miserably. The end result is a boxing match that is cool, but the excitement just isn't there because you don't really care who wins.
I know this film isn't trying to be Rocky, but it certainly pales in comparison. This film is forgettable at best.
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Really great movie. I saw this movie on tv the first time on a day of channel surfing and really enjoyed itPublished on June 27 2013 by Wayne the welder
Another Great Movie That Seems Made For TV. I Actually Was On The Edge Of My Seat The Whole Time Wondering Who'd Win. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by jj
Let me begin by saying that I didn't buy this DVD but watched it on Cable. I'm writing this review to deter folks from buying the DVD. It was a waste of time completely. Read morePublished on May 25 2003 by just_HB
This film is very straightforward. The scene is a prison, which has regular boxing matches between the inmates. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Linda Linguvic
This is got to be the lamest movie I have seen in a while. During the entire viewing, you already know the two main characters are going to fight. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003 by Divide By Zero
I spent the whole movie waiting to see some character development or for the plot to improve. It was hard for me to empathize with either one of the characters because the writing... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by Dorrie Wheeler