Quite the straight-forward story but nonetheless it works really well. The boxing match, although it looked a little archaic, formed the most exciting part of the movie. Throughout this segment the tension kept rising as the question of who would win loomed over it. I wasn't a fan of the end though, typical studio era stuff.
Boxing is a major turn-off for me, but (as with Raging Bull) good direction ensures none of that matters. The Set-Up does have a very simple plot, but it also feels modern and the cinematography and camerawork are divine (especially in the alley scene with all the shadows on the wall!). Completely won me over, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
"Don't you see Bill, you'll always be one punch away." Rather dialogue heavy, and the script is comprised of entire scenes where characters are just watching things, but the interesting performances save the movie from becoming boring and thus, the simple plot shines through. A well directed piece of cinema. "Alright Stoker, we'll talk, now."
Amazing film from the opening titles to the bittersweet ending. I wonder how the real-time storytelling felt back in those days. The film is totally contemporary and effective because every device is there for the sake of the story. I felt tension building up before a match and actually felt the sickening feeling in my stomach, waiting for bad things to happen. A must-see.
Beautifully shot boxing sequences. I like how everything took place in one night. It had a feel that is similar to watching High Noon. I felt the movie was going a bit slow at first, but by the end of the fight, I was completely engrossed in what was happening. I think the movie will grow on me more with repeated viewings. Definitely worth checking out, if nothing else, for the boxing sequences.