Setup (2011)

Whew! Just under the wire. Its been a long day and it started a little hungover post-Giants win. I have some great posts planned for Spielberg movies and some Spaghetti westerns in the mix but I’m a little lazy to fully reveal those tonight. Instead your stuck with the 2011 direct to video release Set Up starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

I just recently purchased a PS3 which means now 1.) My face melts ala Raiders style nearly every night at the sight of the beautiful picture quality of Bluray and 2.) I now have Netflix which allows me to waste hours and hours in viewing all the recent direct-to-video so-bad-they-couldn’t-make-the-screen movies. The other night I decided to kill 90 minutes by watching Bruce Willis’ first in what’s sure to be a long run of direct-to-video features.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is setup by Ryan Phillippe during a robbery (hence the title Set Up!) then takes on all those involved to get back his proverbial “cash money”. For what its worth, this movie actually wasn’t terrible. The production value is decent and the heist scenes look like a lower budgeted version of The Town. Sure, 50 Cent’s acting is atrocioius but thankfully he has little dialogue despite being the male lead and often times he just looks like a nice guy. Like he’s hugable. That’s right 50 Cent is like a big hugable teddy bear. Bruce Willis is barely in the film and spends most of his screen time as an insult-spewing mob boss in a second rate Guy Ritchie film. He gets shot in the movie’s climax during a gun battle and it plays out like he was never even in the movie.

However, I’m so glad I did watch this movie for one redeeming factor. About 1/3 of the way into the movie Randy Couture, in an unexpected turn of events, shoots himself in the head while playing around with a gun. 50 Cent then takes Couture’s body to be desposed of and a crooked doctor puts Couture in a meat grinder. That was pretty badass.

So yeah, there are worse ways to kill 90 minutes and Set Up was pretty watchable. Unlike the next day in which I attempted S.W.A.T. Firefight starring Gabriel Macht, Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken. After 20 minutes of what looked like a failed USA Network pilot and felt like a root canal I had to switch to something redeeming. Thank god for Parks and Rec.

And for some reason my computer won’t let me post the trailer so I guess its been that kind of day.

-John

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