Director : Niyi Akinmolayan

Producer(s) : Zulumoke Oyibo Osaje and Chinaza Onuzo

Starring : Adesua Etomi- Wellington, Jim Iyke, Joke Sylva, Tina Mba, Kehinde Bankole, Marie Humbert and Kehinde Bankole

Genre : Drama/Thriller

Release Date : August 9, 2019 (Nigeria)

Awesome-o-Metre : 7.9/10

Revue of THE SET UP

When Chike (Adesuwa) and Motunrayo (Kehinde) are recruited by a sketchy character called Madame (Tina) who runs a shady organisation called The Academy but little do they know that they are being pulled into an intricate plot to take down multinational corporations and settle old feuds.

Dear Nollywood producers and directors, have a seat, watch The Set Up and take notes on how films should be made. Ladies and Gentlemen, class is in session:

  1. The Plot: Not since Sylvia has a plot so fascinated me with its ingenuity and novelty. We are used to the usual Comedies and love stories but to have a film premised on conspiracy and scheming is unlike one we have seen in Nollywood. The film is literally about a series of set ups all interwoven into a tapestry of an intricate but delicious picture of grand cunning. Niyi Akinmolayan has managed to plait a story where the viewers can’t tell the end because just when you think you got the story figured out, you discovered that you have been hoodwinked. However, the film did have one plot hole that though may seem insignificant can manage to have a domino effect to bring the whole film crashing. I don’t want to drop any spoilers but it involved Kehinde and Uzor Arukwe’s character. Also, the producers over simplified some financial transactions and law enforcement procedures which I assume is for dramatic purposes because if you follow the legal and regulatory processes, the whole film can fall like a pack of cards (poker pun intended).
  2. The Characters: Okay, Adesuwa is Nollywood’s sweetheart and she has again proved why she is a just that. She gave a fantastic performance and she even managed to play more than one character convincingly, all actors will know how tough it is to pull this off. Kehinde Bankole her side kick also gave a convincing performance and together with Adesuwa made a formidable team. Jim Iyke didn’t do badly and Joke Sylva isn’t a legend for no reason, and she showed us why and Dakore is her usual amazing self. However, my standout character is Tina Mba who is (in my opinion) an amazing but underrated actress. She isn’t as obvious or in your face as some actresses but she is very good at her craft interpreting her roles with finesse. She was the glue that held down The Set Up similar to the role Sola Sobowale in King Of Boys. In opposition to the main cast, the support cast weren’t as blameless an example being a scene in the club where the sexy ladies were anything but sexy. LOL
  3. The Editing and Cinematography: The coloring and cinematography are mind blowing with some awesome piece of 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. The Set up was edited similar to the way Sherlock Holmes was and kinda reminded me of How I met Your Mother with the way the plot was coupled at the end. However, I wasn’t pleased with the way the producers insisted on hand holding the audience by explaining everything that transpired. I really like when films allow the audience to make the connections themselves but I guess they preferred to (understandably) go with the safer option.
  4. The Score and soundtrack: People usually fail to understand the importance of a movie’s score to exacerbate the emotions of the film. The Set Up has a very nice soundtrack and score as Dinachi Onuzo and Gray Jones Ossai did a great job.
  5. Costuming: This to me is the least convincing aspect of The Set Up. I honestly didn’t understand why the characters had to dress in a particular way with a particular arm band while on the premises of The Academy. Maybe someone can explain this to me.

The Set Up is an amazing piece of film making and I recommend you go see it for a good time. Let me know what you think about The Set Up or my review in the comment section below or on my Twitter and Facebook.

Barka Da Sallah.

The Maveriq


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