Undisputed might be a "guy's movie" but that doesn't mean it is throwaway genre fare. For one thing, it benefits from the presence of Walter Hill, one of the best action directors to emerge from the New Hollywood era of the 1970's, in the director's chair. He cowrote the script with longtime collaborator David Giler and the two mix the prison-movie and boxing-movie genres to strong effect, also using the showbiz background of the Iceman Chambers character to provide some barbed commentary on the nature of celebrity and the growing tabloid-ish nature of mainstream media outlets. The two also set up their involved storyline with great skill, including a savvy opening sequence that is model of how to deliver a lot of exposition in a stylish and artful way. Hill directs the film with A-movie style, giving it a stark look and staging/editing the action with surgical precision (the final boxing match takes up most of the third act and is visceral enough to leave the viewer winded). Finally, there are strong performances from Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes as the film's main combatants: Rhames is very good at showing the subtle smarts under his character's blustery exterior while Snipes creates a introspective, intellectual "Zen tough-guy" who believably maintains control in the most dire circumstances. In short, Undisputed is a crafty example of modern action fare that delivers the goods with wit and intelligence.