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Undisputed III: Redemption
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Jun 4, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Issac Florentine

Actors:
Scott Adkins
Mykel Shannon Jenkins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being severely hobbled in the ring, a Russian inmate/jailhouse fighting champ named Yuri Boyka (Scott Adkins) must overcome his injury in order to compete in the first international prison fight tournament. The winner will get his release, while all the others will get a bullet courtesy of the corrupt warden, who’s working in league with the Russian gangsters sponsoring the competition.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
UNDISPUTED III is much better than you’d expect the DTV sequel to a DTV sequel to a movie that wasn’t that good in the first place, would be. While I wasn’t at all a fan of the original UNDISPUTED, I’ve heard good things about the DTV sequel starring Michael Jai White, who recently kicked major ass in BLACK DYNAMITE, and BLOOD & BONE. White doesn’t return for UNDISPUTED III, but the villain from the last film, Boyka, played by British martial arts dynamo Scott Adkins is back, with him now assuming the role of hero.

After having his knee smashed during the climactic fight of UNDISPUTED 2, Boyka’s now a changed man, determined to regain his standing as the supreme jailhouse fight champion. After managing to vanquish a particularly skilled opponent despite his injury, Boyka’s transferred to another super-max prison, where’s he’s to compete in a tournament pitting him against inmates from all around the world.

The main villain here is Dolor, a former Columbian Cartel executioner, played by Marko Zaror- who’s quickly becoming a martial arts superstar in his native Chile. His villainous role is a major departure from the true blue heroes he plays in films like MIRAGEMAN, but he’s fantastic as the somewhat dandyish villain, and his final ten minute bout with Adkins is nothing short of incredible.

As for Adkins, holy shit, can the man move or what??? Adkins is probably best known to mainstream audiences for doubling for Ryan Reynolds as the climactic Weapon X version of Deadpool in WOLVERINE, but he’s also been coming into his own as a DTV action star, with roles in THE TOURNAMENT and the recent NINJA. It would be one thing if all Adkins was good for was action scenes, but the guy’s charismatic as hell as the cool as ice anti-hero Boyka, and I hope this is the start of a new kick-ass series of action flicks featuring Adkins in the role, as I could easily see the character continuing.

A lot of credit is owed to director Issac Florentine, who also helmed UNDISPUTED 2 and NINJA. Judging from his work here, Florentine’s leagues ahead of the majority of action directors working in Hollywood, as he actually knows how to shoot fight scenes. He lays in enough long and medium shots so that we can actually see what the fighters are doing, although it helps that Adkins and Zaror are both supremely skilled and don’t need camera tricks or wires to impress. The fight scenes are everything you'd want them to be in a film like this, and are among the best that I've seen in a long time.

However, neither of those things was enough to hamper my enjoyment of the film, and I hope Florentine, Adkins and Zaror continue churning out solid B action flicks like this one, which are the antidote to the bloated, over the top action flicks that are crowding the multiplexes. My only complaint with UNDISPUTED II is that the script could have been a wee bit better, with some of the dialogue coming off as a tad cornball. I also wasn’t that keen on the bottom of the barrel hip-hop soundtrack that kicks in during some of the fights.
THE EXTRAS
Nothing here except a trailer for THE BOOK OF ELI, although we also get a digital copy and standard def DVD of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Having been thoroughly entertained by UNDISPUTED III, I’m going to go out and pick up UNDISPUTED II and NINJA, as its obvious Florentine and star Adkins know exactly how to craft a satisfying action flick. There’s not much in the way of explosions or gunfights, but there’s a shitload of bad-ass beat downs, so MMA fans take note: UNDISPUTED III: REDEMPTION is the real deal.
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