By Victor Ojelabi
A girl, almost sold into sex slavery by her father is saved by her friend into drug trafficking! Maybe because drug trafficking is better than prostitution; the latter is usually forced.
Anyway, while you’re trying to wrap your head around that, the plot thickens. This new flick by Niyi Akinmolayan sure deserves a place among the best Hollywood movies!
The Set Up movie, which opens at the cinema across Nigeria on August 9, dotted all the i’s of a professional movie. While the euphoria of Bling Lagosians is yet to settle, Niyi digs deep into the depth of the dark and upperclass Lagos; prostitution, gambling and above all, underhand activities.
As Chike and Grace, the two close friends and played by Adesua Etomi-Wellington and Kehinde Bankole respectively, journey through life, using Lagos as their playground, gleefully get entangled in a conspiracy and retribution dating back almost 20years.
The movie doesn’t boast of A List casts for the sake of it, The Set Up is a case of round pegs sitting fittingly in a whole lot of appropriate holes!
These professional blackmailers are thrown into a family power struggle which almost consumes them, and tests their loyalties to each other.
As they race against time to save themselves and their twisted love lives in the inferno consuming the Elesho family empire, Chike and Grace have to think on the their feet and form alliances even with the devil himself to escape being burnt.
You need to head down to the cinemas to see The Set Up, and you would definitely be proud that it’s a Nollywood production.
Is there anything a minus about the movie? Hmm, aside from the teenage Motunrayo Eleso’s inappropriate shots which lingers for few seconds, possibly by an oversight on the part of the director, there’s absolutely nothing to regret about the movie.
The Set Up, among many plots enmeshed in the storyline, is also about a heiress’ naivety.
Are you anxious yet? To calm yourself and fill in the gaps, get your pop corn on the August 9 and tell us if it’s worth it after the end-credits start scrolling past.
The movie, directed by Akinmolayan, was written by Naz Onuzo. Other casts include Jim Iyke, Ayoola Ayolola, Damilare Kuku and many more.
According to Damola Ademola, co founder of Inkblot Productions and executive producer of the movie, The Set Up is one movie that enthusiasts would keep demanding to see repeatedly.
“Despite working on the movie for months now, this is like the 15th time I am seeing it and I would like to see it one more time,” Ademola boasted.
Would you feel the same after seeing it? Let’s have your feedback.
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