Doc of the day: Assault in the ring

6 Aug

I saw this a while ago, and must say it’s really something. The basic story covered is one of a fixed fight between two relatively unknown boxers way back in the day, but the bigger picture is an incredible insight into the people involved’s lives, motivations, regrets and -unbelievably in one case- lack of them, and a host of other nuances that probably won’t be seen on first look.

The documentary follows Luis Resto and his journey to understand, deal with and ultimately accept his past and the effect it’s had on his own life and everyone else involved. Even if you know or care nothing about boxing, it’s worth the viewing just to observe the people involved. Personally I love people watching; trying to understand people’s reactions, their behaviour and reasons behind, and this film is complete with a host of interesting characters.

Be warned though; there are some graphic images of violence and unsavoury characters, who may or may not have your blood boiling.

Have a look of you get a chance, it’s an incredible story. First part below. Can’t link the playlist for full viewing in youtube, but search for ‘assault luis resto 1/2/3/etc…’ and you should find it easily enough.


4 Responses to “Doc of the day: Assault in the ring”

  1. The Asiatic Prince August 7, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    There will never be another sport as openly corrupt as boxing. Boxing is very unforgiving and it represents the pure primal instinct of man like nothing else. As far as this documentary is concerned it is absolutely rife with irony. Everyone uses Luis Resto. Especially the film maker who is supposed to be advocating for him. The one thing that Resto’s family was clinging to was the belief that even though their father/ex-boyfriend was a wretch of a human being he had no idea that he was wearing tampered gloves and this documentary robbed them of that. Watching this movie reminds the viewer that achieving the American dream has very little to do with ethics, it’s all about game. And the unsavory character who has the most game in this documentary is Panama Lewis. That’s why he is able to continue to train fighters while Resto has nothing.
    -Nice blog.

    • orionscoat August 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      Well said! I found it interesting that in the first few minutes the filmmaker set up the usual “You shouldn’t like this guy-look what he did” premise with an eye towards turning the viewers opinion of him around and stoking sympathy later in the film, only to use him the same as everyone else, as you said, once the story got a hook to it.

      Then again, it did seem like one hell of a weight off of Resto’s shoulders, so I don’t know if it was a good thing or not in the end.

  2. The Asiatic Prince August 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Well it definitely turned out well for the film-maker. That thing won sports documentary of the year.

  3. Kay aka Babygirl August 8, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Wow, this was definitely an incredible article. Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed reading this.

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