Watch This: Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames box behind bars
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With Southpaw stepping into the ring next week, and the Rocky spinoff Creed on its way this autumn, let’s cheer on some of the great boxing movies of yesteryear.
Even well past his Hollywood peak, Walter Hill is best known as an action director. But his 2002 feature Undisputed isn’t really an action movie. Though it’s set in prison, there are no major riots, escape plans, or even yard scuffles that last more than a minute or two. The main event is, instead, a boxing match—a lengthy one, and well-staged by Hill, but not exactly a stunning set piece. A subsequent series of direct-to-video sequels (a surprising number for a non-hit movie) would be more fight-intensive, but most of this first film is buildup to the …