2 1/2 Stars
Scott Adkins is the most underutilized action star of the decade. Here is an actor with dramatic chops, an incredible physique, and real charisma. Why isn’t he headlining the next off-beat Marvel or DC property? For fans of energetic, well made B-movies Adkins is a revered treasure. Particularly, now that Van Damme, Lundgren, and Seagal have all but aged out of doing their best work. Boyka is the fourth movie in the series that was started by Walter Hill’s prison boxing picture Undisputed. The direct-to-DVD sequel is the true origin point of the franchise as it introduced Adkin’s Boyka character, who’s now officially become the focal point of the sequels.
Boyka (Scott Adkins) is freshly out of prison when he enters into an MMA match and accidentally kills his the opponent during the contest. Now, wracked with guilt over his sins and violent life Boyka begins to question everything he’s worked for. When he finds out his opponent’s widow (Teodora Duhovnikova) is indebted to a ruthless gangster, he agrees to take on three seemingly impossible fights to gain her freedom.
Boyka: Undisputed is the first entry in the series to be helmed by someone other than Walter Hill or Isaac Florentine, in this case, its Bulgarian director Todor Chapkanov, who brings high energy camera work and an eye for interesting compositions to his work. Credit must be given to the production values which exceed the norm for this level of fight flick. All of which propels Scott Adkins’ continued journey as the premier action hero of our time.
Director: Todor Chapkanov
Stars: Scott Adkins, Teodora Duhovnikova, Alon Aboutboul