The FP

Director: Brandon Trost/Jason Trost

Notable Cast: Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu, Caitlyn Folley, Nick Principe, James DeBello, Sean Whalen, James Remar, Clifton Collins Jr.

Rating: UR

Review:  You know there are some hardcore DDR fans sucking down Code Red Mountain Dew and blasting Skrillex while prepping in a basement somewhere for the day all gang wars are settled by a deadly version of the hit video game Dance Dance Revolution.  Until then, we only have the Trost brother’s The Warriors-esque territory piece sure to throw mainstreamers into a tizzy.  An instantaneous cult classic amongst niche rave-type gamer nerd audiences, The FP should not be viewed by anyone averse to coarse language, made up slang, whack ass crackers, towns without ducks, or ghetto punk hipster types.  The FP represents the wild creativity missing from so many movies these days, as studios opt for reboots and remakes over filmmakers like Brandon and Jason Trost, attempting to infiltrate Hollywood via bold/wacky ideas.  The FP is nuts in the least amount of words possible.  Bonkers, bananas, crazy town…but can be enormous fun.  I wasn’t joking when I said the Trost’s script creates a language only understood in The FP universe, pulling a Diablo Cody of sorts in their hyper genre film.  But such an act stands for prime cultivation of a project, constructing a brand new world our imaginations can be transported to.  Film is all about a fantastical journey that plucks us from reality and offers something different.  The FP does just that, filled with robust originality on a spellbinding level.  But the Trost’s Hollywood inexperience also exists in their ambitious midnight movie, which is to be expected as The FP seems like the brainchild of a bunch of silly young guns making a pet project for themselves.  But I love that “f%ck you” attitude and I love B-Movie fun, so The FP was right up my alley.  Push on Trosts, marching to the beat of your own house electronica techno thumping….

In the repressed town of Frazier Park, two rival gangs fight for dominant control.  But instead of drive-bys and riots, these gangs fight using the deadly dancing video game called “Beat-Beat Revolution.”  JTRO (Trost) and brother BTRO (Barrera) head up the 248 crew while rival L Dubba E (Valmassy) leads the 245, battling for power.  But when BTRO bites the dust in a match with L Dubba E, JTRO vows never to Beat-Beat again and flees Frazier Park.  A year later, fellow 248 member KCDC (Hsu) locates JTRO and pleads with him to return home where Frazier Park is in desperate need of changing.  L Dubba E controls the town’s liquor flow, putting a choke hold on society and abusing his position.  JTRO has to summon the power of his fallen bro’ BTRO if he’s to rid Fraizer Park of the menace known as the 245, rigorously training with the 248 and preparing for battle.  But can JTRO bust the moves gnarly enough to save the inhabitants of Frazier Park including his love interest Stacy (Folley)?  Or will he be 187’ed like his once Beat-Beat champion brother, dooming The FP to live under L Dubba E’s whack dictatorship…

Dirty Dancing Pirate Gangster?

The Trost’s one of a kind dystopian film was created every bit to mimic B-Movies from the 70’s and 80’s era, with schlocky dialogue and random exploitation to accommodate The FP‘s crazy stylings.  A heavy amount of dialogue material relies on repeated cursing by every character, unfortunately making The FP seem childish and immature at times more than deranged fun.  I could deal with the ghetto hipster lingo and funny sayings which quirked up each character, but incessant foul language dumbed down instead of bolstered a raunchy edge.  Over 250 uses of the word “f&ck” alone?  Lazy, un-inspired writing.  But on the flip side, The Trosts write in some awesomely hilarious off colour moments which again pay homage to the strange films who paved its way.  Cheeky training montages, cheesy one liners delivered with B-Movie style in mind, and outlandish characters were all brought to life with vivid realism.  Characters JTRO and L Dubba E ruled our screen.  Jason Trost displayed JTRO as the over serious hero character actor from terrible B-Movies of old, hooking me from moment one when he angrily raises his fists towards the sky and howls the likes of “I”LL NEVER PLAY BEAT-BEAT REVOLUTION AGAIN!”  Did he just say that?  Oh yea, game on.  L Dubba E, played by Lee Valmassy, and accompanying fellow wangstahs James Debello and Bryan Goddard entertained immensely just based on confrontational dialogue.  When they weren’t cursing, primo phrase creations could be found, giving The FP some distinctive spunk.

What impressed me most about our young director brothers though involved production budget on The FP.  Crystal clear and trippy camera work shot luminescent neon colors that drove home the ravish scene, and set pieces seemed rather involved and full of interesting details again giving The FP a unique look.  Same goes for costumes, strapping up the space age ghetto look covered in leather, giant boots, and throwback accessories defining each character.  Perfect execution for a B-Movie, where the weirder and more defined each aspect is, the more awesomesauce.  Again the Trosts bring out that embarrassing 80s feel, combining flashy colors and obnoxious bling that barely match but struts with style.  Visually striking, The FP is a lesson on making low-budget look blockbuster.

The FP most certainly is a flawed piece of cinema focused more on entertainment than professionalism, but Beat-Beats the hell out of any completion in that respect.  The Trosts pull out moves and sequences with dazzling execution, burning up the B-Movie dance floor.  Objectively I have to rate The FP how it stands,  writing leaving sophistication to be desired and all, but entertainment wise The FP earns mega brownie points.  Don’t want to gamble?  The trailer is test number one for any prospective viewer.  If you reach the end and hope for a ballsy B-Movie that wows…The FP will satisfy your craving.  But if the virtual dancing and eye patch wearing hero do nothing for you, you’ll 187 The FP in mere seconds.  But as of now, I’m pro Trost.  Can’t wait for The FP to grace my collection, a genre film that defies all categories and logic.

Final Rating: 6.5 glowsticks out of 10

In the future, everything has a blue tint?


About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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