Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
The main thing that stuck out to me right off the bat was the dialogue. It has the feel of being written by someone who has never interacted with a normal human being in his or her entire life. Every other word being used is “man” to the action flick equivalent of the word “like” in a film about high school girls. Randy Couture’s character has one priceless line when he’s talking to 50 Cent’s character where he says this gem in regards to a couple of Russians they’re about to rob, “…Then you’re going to run back here like a crack nigger at a police funeral. You down with that, homie?” Whaaaat?
Aside from the lack of actual good dialogue, a lot of it just doesn’t make any sense. 50 Cent’s character is talking to a waitress and asks her if it’s a slow night at the diner. Instead of answering yes or no, the girl instead answers him by saying working as a waitress pays the bills and how she’s actually an aspiring singer, yadda yadda.
The film has plot holes all over the place and during the course of the film I found myself saying, “Wait… What?” probably at least once every five minutes. By the end of the movie I was just as unsure about what the hell had just happened as when I was only a couple minutes in. Sometimes with a bad action flick, I can still enjoy it for the cool car chases, action sequences, awesome kills etc. Even that wasn’t possible with SETUP. None of the action makes any sense (if you watch the movie, refer to the heist scene where they all open fire on cars around them for no apparent reason) and for a film that’s helmed by a former stunt man and stunt coordinator, that’s really disappointing.
Weapons on the set of Set Up: This feature is pretty pointless, unless you’re a gun fanatic. It just goes through the weapons that were used during the movie and talks about where they came from and why those chose that specific weapon to be in the film.
Interviews with cast and crew: This is another feature that was pretty well pointless. It might’ve been an ok feature to put in if I hadn’t already seen all of the interviews from this in the Making Of special feature. It’s pretty well just recycled footage that’s already been used for this set of features.
Audio commentary with co-writer/director Mike Gunther