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Setup features some pretty big names for a film that didn't merit a cinematic release; what with 50 cent, Ryan Phillipe (Crash) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard Quadrilogy) headlining. The story revolves around a diamond heist when Vincent (Phillipe) betrays his team and attempts to murder them. Sonny (50 Cent) vows to get revenge, even if it means teaming up with the Detroit Mob-boss (Willis) to do so. Will he get his vengeance?

The plot is immensely predictable; following a 'set-it-up & knock-it-down' formula the entire way through. For example, when Sonny is shot in the opening scenes, we know he is going to be saved by his over-sized gangster crucifix because we saw him kissing it in the scene prior. Such obvious direction really begins to grate after a while. Even the Pulp Fiction style accident you will see coming a mile off.

Unfortunately, the one thing that could have saved this stilted plot & ham-fisted script is the actors. However the performances are sub-par for everyone involved, most notably Phillipe whose pseudo-street accent is awful and unintelligible in places. James Remar plays Phillipe's incarcerated father and is a random inclusion as it seems to be a completely separate plot-line that goes nowhere, is this a prison-movie or a heist-movie? It seems not even the director (Mike Gunther) could decide that so he hedged his bets and came out with neither. The camera work is annoying; throughout the entire film, the camera frames the actor, leaves it two seconds, then rapidly zooms about 2ft further, in an overly-dramatic and noticeable reframe. This is a cool technique, it grabs your attention but it's used in utterly mundane scenes (this refrigerator needs a sudden-reframe! Swoosh!) and about 40-50 times throughout the duration, it really wears thin quick.

50 Cent's role as the protagonist is laughable as he is trying SO hard to shake the gangster affiliations from his real-life persona by insisting on including scenes where he is a 'nice-guy' - like the totally unnecessary hardware store scene where he helps a child get a light-bulb from the top shelf. Ah, isn't he a sweetie when he's not waving a gun around? What's more confusing is that he refuses to kill anyone but is totally down with committing armed robbery in broad daylight at the beginning of the film. Oh and despite being shot early-on he shows no sign of injury throughout the entire film, not a bloodied-bandage or even a wince.

In conclusion, I'm sorry to pan this so badly, but it is a wooden and uninspired film that borrows heavily from others in the genre. Willis is the only notable performance and that's more due to the fact it's Bruce Willis FGS rather than his lines. Probably one to avoid.
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WEll that's 85 minutes of my life I won't be getting back and I managed to stay awake all the way through. Bruce is the best thing in this paint by numbers gangster movie but he's not the main player so he's wasted really. 50 Cent is totally unconvincing as the betrayed gang member shot by Ryan Phillipe after completing the robbery of a lifetime. It doesn't matter how many times I see him he just doesn't cut it for me. The best thing about this movie apart from Bruce is the hitman played with psychopathic cool by Shaun Taub and the gorgeous old Pontiac that 50 Cent drives around in. The transfer to blu ray is spot on, the picture is bright, clear and sharp and the soundtrack even makes some use of the soundfield buit if you must see it then rent it.
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on 14 September 2012
You think when you buy a film with Bruce Willis in it that he will be the main character. Well, in this one he was present maybe five minutes in total. The rest of the film is a messy story of a lot of people chasing each other making it hard to understand who are the bad guys and are there any good guys at all? One of the main players is "50 cent". Why? He is really a terrible actor. No that is wrong since that would be accepting him as an actor. He is just terrible.

Two stars may be to high but we kept guessing who was going to kill who and why so we were occupied during the run of the film. But really Bruce, why? Did you have five minutes over between real films?
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on 2 September 2013
The movie starts out interesting with a broad daylight robbery. Three Detroit men rob a man of diamonds, however during the robbery one of the robbers kills the original owner of the diamonds, which wasn't part of the plan. Later as they go to fence the diamonds, the killer (Vincent) double crosses his partners in crime and shoots them. 50 Cent is saved because he is religious and wears a cross.

Of course now 50 Cent is looking for the man who shot him. The other owners of the diamonds want him too. In 50 Cent's quest for knowledge he steps on the toes of crime boss, Bruce Willis, who strikes a deal with him. But as fate would have it, things never go as planned. Sonny (50 Cent) as an "honorable" bad guy is the wild card.

The movie has some good twists. The slow religious scenes involving 50 Cent should have been left on the cutting room floor. They seemed awkward and forced. There are scenes with 50 Cent where his non-acting ability are far to obvious such as those religious scenes, his scene riding in the car with Willis and his final scene with Vincent. I can't imagine those being the best take. About a C on the action film scale and a D for drama.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, N-word.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 October 2011
Setup follows the trio of close friends Sonny (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson -Get Rich Or Die Tryin) Vincent (Ryan Phillippe -Antitrust) & Dave (Brett Granstaff -Setup), in a short brief build up which culminates with them heisting $5 million of diamonds from a courier in his car, who Vicnent happens to kill in the process much to the dismay of his buddies. But when they leave to a safe location to then anti up the take & trade them off as arranged, Vincent decides to cut his friends out it with a subtle bullet for both their troubles.

However Vincent isn't the crack shot he thinks he is, as Sonny manages to stay alive and gets himself to a friend who fixes him up. From there, not very far into the film it is a case of Sonny tracking down Vincent to get his revenge, for the death of his friend Dave & his general backstabbyness. otw he meets a range of characters from hitman Roth (Shaun Toub -The Kite Runner) to Muscle man Petey (Randy Couture -The Expendables) & his Mob Boss Biggs (Bruce Willis -Die Hard). In a series of double & triple crosses.

Overall the main downfall to this film is the simple fact that 50 Cent cannot act, sad but true, sorry guy. He is so boring, emotionless & wooden to watch it takes away the beliveability of the film, and you just end up wanting to eat a bullet yourself rather than carry on watching (in fact i think Randy Couture did just that ;-)). Bruce Willis is mainly in a cameo role to carry weight to the film with his name as he pops in & out 3-4 brief times(wouldn't be surprised that fifty antied up the money out of his own pocket to get him on board). The best performance however, was from Ryan Phillippe IMO, he just makes the rest of them look like they aren't trying, and he is a very good actor but not a world class one, which gives you an indication of how it just doesn't hold together with consistency.

In conclusion, these inconsistencies in the quality of the acting performances add up to sap any believability from the film & any chance of actually getting into it. Best avoided.
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on 14 February 2012
The film was good but not as good as I thought it would be. It was a bit slow to start but eventually got going. I would watch it again to see if I actually missed anything. My son thought the same and was glad I bought it and not him.
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on 23 October 2011
I am rarely moved to write a negative review of a film, but this one needs addressing before people waste their time and money. Either Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillipe owe 50 Cent a big favour or 50c was all they were offered to take part in this lacklustre vehicle for Curtis Jackson. To paraphrase a far better reviewer than I, "50 Cent went through his whole range of emotions: from A to B". James Remar was the only person in the film who seemed to be taking it seriously. Correction, I think 50C was doing his best, but it was just not good enough.

If this was meant to be a spoof, it was not even slightly amusing. Seeing Bruce Willis and Phillipe Ryan acting as though this was a first or second run-through of the cliché-ridden script was irritating in the extreme.

Watch it when it hits the TV channels in the near future. A turkey in time for Christmas.
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on 4 December 2011
Not a huge 50cent fan, brought this for the Bruce Willis presence, quite disappointed, storyline not great and lost interest halfway through (surprised I lasted that long with it). Will now sit with my BW collection never to be watched again.
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on 22 October 2011
This film was far better than I was origionally expecting it to be. Well worth a watch. Fairly decent plot and action. Not the best film of it's genre but not by far the worst. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone thinking of watching it. It felt abit like a St. Kings, Training Day, Heat type film which I enjoy.
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on 1 September 2014
The acting and story line is so appalling that you actually laugh in parts thinking it's a comedy! Considering all the great movies Bruce Willis has been in he must have watched the premier and thought to himself, what was I thinking. Don't bother with this film, there are no redeemable features. Truly awful!
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