Film / Undisputed III: Redemption

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The third movie in the Undisputed series, this installment features Yuri Boyka as the protagonist after he got his leg and pride broken by Chambers during their final fight in the last movie. Having recently healed from these wounds, Boyka returns to the ring and enters a prison tournament where fighters from all over the world compete for the prize of winning their freedom. There he butts heads with a loudmouthed American boxer named "Turbo". Uncomfortably reminded of Chambers, Boyka clashes with Turbo repeatedly; however, eventually they begin to grow on each other, until they eventually unite against Raúl "Dolor" Quiñones to beat him in the fixed tournament.

It was mostly lauded as a worthy sequel to Last Man Standing, marked (as was the last one) by incredible choreography that was unaided by CGI, wires, or stunt doubles.

This film has the examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: Boyka and Turbo are still convicts and have negative qualities, although they are arguably better than most of the other characters.
    • Turbo at least claims to be Wrongly Accused but frankly, he's still an arrogant prick.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Even more than the previous film, the fighters perform all kinds of crazy flying stunts in their fights while boasting of more or less unlimited stamina and endurance.
  • Badass Boast: "''God has given me only one thing; I am the most complete fighter in the world."
  • Beneath the Mask: As confessed to Turbo, Boyka thinks that fighting is the only thing he can do.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Turbo pulls one to save Boyka.
  • Break the Haughty: Thanks to his knee injury, Boyka has learned empathy. He is not an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy anymore.
  • Broken Ace: Boyka, due to his injury.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Lam Chai. Asian and wiry? Check. Screaming and making scary faces while fighting? Check. Spinning kicks? Check.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Boyka starts as a broken man, as opposed to the cocky chambers.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Rezo and Kuss.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Boyka vs Sykov and Dolor vs Chai.
  • Dance Battler: Andriago and his Capoeira style.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Turbo has his moments.
    • Boyka too, with an extra helping of "deadpan".
  • Determinator: Turbo and specially Boyka.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Jericho "Turbo" Jones.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dolor to the bad old Boyka. It reaches the extent of their moveset: while Boyka's most classic signature move is a 540 kick, Dolor uses a reverse 540.
  • Expy: Noticeably even in-universe, Turbo is one to Chambers from the previous film.
    • Dolor himself strongly reminisces Paco from Bloodsport.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Yuri and Turbo.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Boyka's bad knee. YMMV on the fact that he would have easily beaten everyone without it.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Turbo's fighting style.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Dolor has some lines in Spanish, as he is Colombian.
  • Handicapped Badass: Downplayed but it's apparent Boyka still suffers from the knee injury Chambers inflicted on him in the previous film.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Many fighters, given they fight wihout gloves.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Thanks to his new experiences, Boyka is a nicer guy at the end of the movie than he was at the previous film.
  • Irony: Boyka submits Brazilian fighter Andriago with a triangle choke, a move popular in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lam Chai tries a flying armbar on Quiñones, but as he is too beaten down, he loses his grip and Dolor simply throws him to the ground. Later, Dolor gets his leg broken in one of his own kicks.
  • Hot-Blooded: Turbo.
  • Hurricane Kick: Korean fighter Lam Chai tries some taekwondo kicking combinations against Dolor, and Andriago also chains spinning kicks from the ground in his match with Boyka.
  • Hidden Depths: Although fighters like Andriago or Lam at first seem to be limited to their capoeira and taekwondo expertise, they demonstrate some MMA skill as well, as Andriago finishes a fight with mounted ground and pound and they both try armbars against their opponents.
    • Also Turbo who after being too careless in his first match distinctly switches tactics. Once he has taken a number of unnecessary hits, he employs a peek-a-boo stance and a remarkably precise counter-offence of elbow strikes to his opponents punches and also head. This could be a reference to Turbo using the quasi-mythical style of 52/Jailhouse-Rock, which supposedly keeps a very close-knit guard and makes heavy use of countering incoming strikes with elbows. Unfortunately, this is never touched upon again and Turbo spends the rest of the film throwing haymakers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Gaga is presented as a Smug Snake, he stays loyal to Boyka and ends saving the day.
  • Kick the Dog: The fighters in the losing side are summarily executed by the prison guard.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Dolor is not only the biggest of the competitors. He's also the fastest.
  • Meaningful Echo: "I am the most complete fighter in the world."
  • Meaningful Name: "Dolor" means "Pain" in Spanish.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Executed by Dolor against Lam Chai, to the extent to literally shrugging off a flying armbar attempt.
  • No-Sell: Chai actully lands many kicks on Dolor; it's only that Dolor is so tough (and probably so enhanced by drugs) that he absorbs them without a sign of pain. He even turns to the crowd and celebrates mockingly.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Almost all the fighters are prone to spinning kicks while fighting. At the end, Dolor pulls a specially flashy one to throw Boyka out the ring.
  • Pet the Dog: After beating Andriago, for the first time Boyka helps his opponent up from the mat.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: A recurrent trope in the series, obviously, more on the "tough guy becomes even tougher" side of things, taken to the extreme here: doing labour can be used to work out.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Yuri still being a Christian devout, although not so explicitly as the previous film.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Lam Chai, apparently a very capable fighter, is destroyed by Dolor in a pretty crushing way just to show Dolor's viciousness.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some dubs spell Silva's first name as "Andriago", "Rodrigo" and even "Santiago". His heavy accent doesn't help when he presents himself in the original. Same with Lam Chai, which is changed to "Chai Lam" or "Chi Lam".
  • Stock Subtitle
  • The Stoic: Boyka.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Well, Boyka is the most complete fighter in the world.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Dolor uses very little grappling, resorting more to striking in Boyka style to overwhelm his opponents, and he is damn good at it.
  • Wicked Cultured: Dolor is shown reading García Lorca poems during his free time.
  • Win Your Freedom
  • Wrestler in All of Us: During their fights against Boyka, Andriago does a step-up Japanese arm drag, while Dolor performs Masaaki Mochizuki's Sankakugeri from the turnbuckle.
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