When a diamond heist goes wrong the group of friends hoping to become rich end up fighting for their very survival as they are hunted seemingly from every direction. Running from the cops and just about every crime boss around the group desperately try to hold onto what they have stolen.
Bruce Willis (Biggs), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Mia), Ryan Phillippe (Vincent), James Remar (William), 50 Cent (Sonny), Randy Couture (Petey), Will Yun Lee (Joey), Susie Abromeit (Valerie), Shaun Toub (Roth).
Set Up begins at the end then takes a step back and shows us what lead up to the ending we just saw. Along the way the film pulls from other popular action adventure films with respect to style, presentation, and plot. The effect is a film that feels familiar while being just a bit different from others. Toward the end a few twists and turns are added which help the film feel fresh but don’t add enough energy to make it stand out or feel entirely original.
Acting was solid enough but again felt only lukewarm. Willis was amusing and added some nice chuckles to the film. Phillippe presented pretty well and held up his end of things while 50 Cent felt like he was struggling to be a tough guy. The remainder of the supporting cast was both unique and entertaining.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good and film appears to have had a decent budget. Physical effects and stunts were nicely done and gave the film a quality feel. Dialogue was good with only a few corny lines that actually worked well. Sound and soundtrack were lackluster for the most part.
Overall Set Up is a fairly well done crime action film with a mildly entertaining plot and solid feel. Genre fans, or fans of the main cast, will likely enjoy this quite a bit while those looking for something a bit more original may be disappointed.
Set Up is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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