Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The FP: Movie Review

The FP

Cast: Brandon Trost, Jason Trost

Writers and Directors: Brandon Trost, Jason Trost

***'s out of four

Let me start off this review by stating- "The FP" is not a good movie.  It has really bad, cheesy acting and the story line is something that has been done numerous times before.  So why, you may ask, did I give this such a high rating?  Because filmmakers Brandon and Jason Trost know they are making a bad film, but they take their characters and story seriously so that the humor gets better and better as you watch it.  These two should teach a class in film, because to make an enjoyable bad film is a much tougher thing to master than making a good one.

The basic premise is that in the future gangs around the world fight to claim ownership of different cities and towns.  When one gang has a dispute about a territory with another gang, they fight in these warehouse like arenas.  One member of each gang puts on a pair of really big boots and they both play a round of "Beat Beat Revolution" which is exactly like "Dance Dance Revolution".  At the start of the flick, BTRO (Brandon Barrera) loses a match to L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy) and is killed.  His brother JTRO (Jason Trost) vows never to play the game again and goes off somewhere to hide.  In five years, Mr. E has become more powerful and has bought up all the liquor stores and now controls most of the FP.  Now, JTRO must find the courage to be all he can be and defeat the killer of his brother and save the town folk.

"The FP" is a movie that looks like it was made in the 80's, but the story is set in the future.  It has this great electronic soundtrack and the opening credits are done in this retro vibe that is actually pretty cool to watch.  I loved the over-the-top acting from all the leads and I never found the slang Ebonics-like speak to be that annoying, but I'm sure many people will.  The stand-out moment in this flick is when two combatants are in a deadly match.  To make it more deadly or crazy, The MC announces that they are going to do a cage match.  So they just put a large metal fence around the same two players and let them play the exact same match they did before.  It was this kind of cheesy moment that made me get up out of my seat and cheer, because it was very funny, but the characters took it seriously- which made it even funnier.

The only gripe I have about this flick is the language.  I'm not at all trying to be prudish, but I feel this would have been perfect as a PG-13 vehicle.  One of those bad fun movies you could watch with your friends, but not have to turn off when your kids came home early.  I will say that this is a damn good party movie, and at just 82 minutes, you'll never feel like your time has been wasted.


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