The Setup Movie Review
The movie tells the story of Chike (Adesua Etomi-Wellington), a young drug smuggler who is hired by a socialite (Jim Iyke) to assist with his scheme of marrying a wealthy heiress (Dakore Egbosun Akande). Things quickly took a turn for the worse as she realises that there is more to the scheme than meets the eye.
“The Set Up” is a movie directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and produced by Inkblot Productions in collaboration with Filmone Distribution and Anakle Films. After Niyi’s contributions in “The Wedding Party 2” everyone expected more.
It follows the life of a young woman, Chike who dropped her childhood innocence as she delves into a criminal life for survival but got more than what she had bargained for and was drawn into a web of deceit when she was hired by a socialite to assist with his scheme to marry a wealthy hheires. Unknown to her it was a scheme to get revenge on a family they both were once part of.
The story had a lot of twists and turns that started seeming too complicated but they started to unravel the complications and it began to make sense. The suspense was a breathe of fresh air, something we don’t really get to see play out well in a Nollywood movie. The actors and actresses interpreted their characters so well that one would think they are actually the character.
The cinematography and coloring were mind blowing with awesome color grading captured in amazing frames. Furthermore, for a film that has deception at its core the editing of the film has to be spot on and yes, the producers of The Set Up did an unbelievable job. However, I wasn’t well pleased with the way the producers insisted on hand holding the audience by explaining everything that transpired in the film. I really do prefer when movies allow the audience to brainstorm and connect the dots themselves but I guess they preferred to go with a safer and simple option.
Still on the high note, The soundtrack were nothing but a great and superb work as most people usually fail to understand the importance of a movie’s score to exacerbate the emotions of the movie. However, the movie did recognise the effectiveness of a good score and soundtrack which made them feature a song by Dinachi Onuzo and Gray Jones Ossai which was a perfect fit for the movie.
However above all its righteousness, When it came to costumes and dressings in the movie there were confusing aspect as I, honestly haven’t been able to understand why the characters had to dress in a particular way with a particular arm band while on the premises of The Academy. Also, the extras weren’t properly geared and some of the main characters makeup left much to be desired.
The movie “The Setup” is highly recommended to movie lovers as its entertaining and worth a watch.
DIRECTED BY: Niyi Akinmolayan
PRODUCED BY: Zulumoke Oyibo Osaje and Chinaza Onuzo
WRITTEN BY: Chinaza Onuzo
RELEASED DATE: August 9, 2019
DURATION: 90 mins
Adesua Etomi- Wellington as Chike
Kehinde Bankole as Motunrayo
Tina Mba as Madame Enitan
And Kehinde Bankole.