The Set-Up

The Set-Up ★★★★

"you'll always be just one punch away."

fantastic real-time boxing noir about an aging fighter who never truly found the success he was looking for in the grotesquely-detailed backstage business of brutalized flesh for money, and in a twist of irony, after years of pain and indignity he has one last burst of life, one last real fight in him on the same night that the entire economic system he subscribes to counts on his failure. his personal glory directly tied to to an abyss he has no choice but to answer to. some really sharp images and cutting, and about as lean, mean and direct as a movie like this gets.

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