It’s refreshing to see a movie in which you don’t know what will happen next.
If you’re here for spoilers, I’m sorry, no show. The show is at the cinemas, where it’s showing. Haha!
I attended the mask-themed premiere of The Set Up and I was blown away. Nollywood is not here to joke, I felt so proud of the creative industry that night. It was a coming together of people who share dreams of promoting the art in all its forms all over the world.
This movie has so many twists, it makes you wonder who’s really winning. It’s full of mind games and you don’t even know who is being played, till a revelation is made.
There were a lot of ‘aaahhhhs’ in the cinema during the premiere. Every major character was beautifully developed in such a way that the person on the outside wouldn’t know when they began to be a part of the game, and not merely a victim.
‘Every action requires an equal, proportionate reaction’: It was an actor’s film– the dialogue wasn’t boring. It was full of the give and take kind of conversations, quick wit and believable reactions, most of which got a rousing applause from the audience. The characters were fun to watch; it was easy to be drawn into their world.
While the funfare’s over, the movie definitely isn’t.
A summary of the movie: someone is set up by someone theytried to set up, who does so in conjunction with other people they had planned to set up. Everybody sets everybody else up, till someone wins.
That’s as much as I would be willing to tell.
I should start by commending the writer(s) of the movie. Their mind is incredible. The storyline was just so commanding; as you would see for yourself.
It is refreshing to watch a movie in which you don’t know what will happen next!
Every character brought a new revelation, so there were many twists in the progression; or what we thought was the progression of events, especially as each one was treated specially. There was a linkage between what happened to two different characters, why they did what they did and how the other person received it, so the entire movie was a smooth flow.
The editing was clean; there was a lot of good work done on the sound. To give an instance, the club scenes that had music, there was music right from the establishment shot of the exterior of the club to inside the club where that same music was being played, but with the right ambience. So it sounded how it would sound if a person was really talking a walk from outside to inside. The lighting, costume, makeup, the shots were neat and impressive.
Kudos to the director Niyi Akinmolayan, he was able to achieve a balance between the actors, the story and the delivery, it was a beautiful synergy.
The movie is full of laughs and moments, and actors dedicated to their craft. A major lesson I learnt from the movie is the saying ‘where your smartness ends is where another person’s begins’.
Let’s now talk about a minor issue. Extras: In some scenes where there were extras, some of them made it appear like they were extras, it sort of distorted the wholesomeness of the scene for a bit: like, ‘I’m an extra, let me pretend I’m doing something I’m not really doing’, so one of the extras held a plate of food and pretended to take a bite. You’re already acting, don’t act like you’re acting ma.
In conclusion, would I recommend this film to anyone? I recommend it to everyone. At the end of the movie, we all felt we had been set up for such a ride. You would too.
The Set Up starts showing in cinemas today, August 9 2019.