Sunday, March 14, 2010
THE SET UP
4 out of 5. Based on a Joseph March poem, THE SET UP is a film that could have easily been a play. It's one of those films whose narrative has a real earthy feel, much like High Noon, making it very original for its time. It's a simple story told really well, with compelling characters all in high stakes situations. Robert Ryan plays an over-the-hill boxer (35) at the end of his career. He's expected to fall and everyone bets against him. It's a simple story but a gem of a film with great performances and a really rough ending. Feels like something Hemingway might have written.