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Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion George 'Iceman' Chambers (Ving Rhames) is convicted of rape and sent to a prison where old-time mobster Mendy Ripstein (Peter Falk) organizes a boxing match against the undefeated champion of the prison Monroe Hutchen (Wesley Snipes).
As far as boxing and prison drama goes, this is alright. It doesn't really do anything head-turning, plot wise. Ving Rhames puts on a good performance, but Wesley Snipes is underused. The movie seems to mistake stoic silence for character development. The biggest problem I have with it is that it doesn't really seem to know who the main character is. It spends the most time with Rhames, although he's painted more as a villain. Snipes has next to no development. If a little more time was spent with Falk I'd say his character was the foci of the movie, but it doesn't want to commit. There's some silliness with flashy 'attitude' over genuine character development at points too. Script problems aside, this is a pretty satisfying little boxing movie. It's a few steps shy of Rocky, but it's a few steps ahead of Rocky 4.
The boxing itself is few and far between. The film is about boxing as a sport and what it means to be champion, so it's mostly used to bookend the film. Snipes and Rhames both put on a good performance, but their fight sequence could've used a little more flair with the camera work. As it stands the pacing of the fight sequence was about as predictable as the rest of the movie.
This film turned out to be better than I expected, but it still had a lot of the flaws I thought would be there. All and all it's a decent boxing film, and will be quite enjoyable if you're in the mood for it.
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