Setup (2011 film)

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Not to be confused with Set Up (2005 film).
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Directed by Mike Gunther
Produced by Randall Emmett
50 Cent
Written by Mike Behrman
Mike Gunther
Starring 50 Cent
Bruce Willis
Ryan Phillippe
Jenna Dewan
Brett Granstaff
Randy Couture
Will Yun Lee
Shaun Toub
Susie Abromeit
Jay Karnes
James Remar
Music by The Newton Brothers
Cinematography Steve Gainer
Cheetah Vision
Hedge Fund Film Partners
Hannibal Films
Emmett/Furla Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Grindstone Entertainment Group
Release dates
  • September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $ 2,128,186 (Worldwide)[1]

Setup is an action thriller heist film directed by Mike Gunther and written by Gunther and Mike Behrman. It stars 50 Cent, Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe.

It was released straight to DVD and Blu-ray on 20 September 2011 in the USA.[2]


In Detroit three friends, Sonny (50 Cent), Dave (Brett Granstaff) and Vincent (Ryan Phillippe), plan out a detailed heist. Their plans turn deadly when Vincent betrays the others, shooting Sonny and Dave (who dies on the spot). Sonny manages to survive and seeks revenge by teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town (Bruce Willis) to retrieve the money from the heist.


Sonny explains his thinking through narrative. He does this throughout the movie.


Faith and the Church[edit]

A priest shows up several times in the movie. He always has a philosophic concept to share. Good and evil make good choices possible.

Sonny, "Do you go to church?"

Beggs, "Not much any more, I don't think they want me around... but I give them donations... I pray..."

Sonny, "So you believe in God"

Beggs, "I don't know if it is their God, but yes..."


The decision to not kill plays a significant role in this movie. Sonny, unlike Vince, does not kill. He saves the Driver's life. When asked to kill the two Russians, he merely renders them unconscious. Vince, on the other hand chooses to kill as the key way to solve problems.

The movie identifies the main characters with flash signs. One of them is identified as "The Hitman." The Hitman catches up with Vincent and offers him three choices: 1) Refuse to hand over the diamonds and be killed; 2) Refuse to tell where the diamonds and be killed; or, Hand over the diamonds and go on your way. Vincent makes his own choice, a fourth one: Kill The Hitman & flee with the money.

Shortness of life[edit]

Beggs and Sonny travel together in Beggs limosine. Beggs tells Sonny to relax.

Sonny replies, "Why do rich people always tell me to relax."

Beggs replies, "Because life is short."


The movie ends with the song, "Remembered." A female vocalist repeats the question, "How do you want to be remembered?" She offers several couplets to choose one or the other: honor or pride; your body or your mind; anger or love; etc. The song ends with a challenge to leave a legacy.



Filming began in November 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Set Up is the first film in a $200 million deal with the production companies Cheetah Vision and George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners. Grindstone Entertainment Group and Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States and Canada.[4]


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