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Undefeated (2003)





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Actor John Leguizamo made his directorial debut in this derivative, but entertaining, boxing drama. Leguizamo also stars as Lex Vargas, a street kid from Queens who rises to the top as a welterweight champion. Along the way, he loses touch with his roots, forgetting friends and family alike in his climb to glory. Inevitably, our hero must endure a devastating tragedy before he comes to his senses. Highlighted by several graphic boxing sequences, including a particularly brutal bout between Vargas and his cocky opponent Loco (Clifton Collins Jr.), Undefeated made its HBO cable network debut July 26, 2003.


John Leguizamo
as Lex Vargas
Vanessa Ferlito
as Lizette Sanchez
Robert Forster
as Scott Green
Michael Olajide
as Melvin Jones
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What started out as a bad Rocky ended like a bad Raging Bull. While the last 1/3 was better than the first 2/3, and I appreciated the open ending, this was still a weak film.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Great film, one of Leguizamo's best performances.

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Undefeated is a typical rags-to-riches tale about the protagonist finding fame and fortune but forgetting his roots in the process. In fact, everything about this film is cliche: the plot, the dialogue, the characters, the acting. There is nothing here that you haven't seen done ten times better elsewhere... EXCEPT for Vanessa Ferlito naked. Oh my goodness. Let that be the only reason you watch this film-- and it's a damn good reason, too. I'd also like to talk about the ending. Don't worry, I won't spoil it-- because there IS no ending. The film sets up a climactic moral dilemma for Vic Vargas (Leguizamo): should he throw the fight for more money, or legitimately fight his opponent to finally regain the respect of his friends and repair the relationships he has spent the entire film destroying? Just as he steps into the ring... roll credits. I don't know, maybe this would fly if the rest of the screenplay was written with even an ounce of originality and character depth; instead, this open-ended ending plays like a sad attempt at an artsy twist to a formula film.

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