Submitted by Jason Pace on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:10AM
The Trost brothers bring to the screen an homage to 80s & 90s films with a foundation of gaming in The FP.
In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protege younger brother JTRO goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing.
What the f*** did I just watch?
There are two basic ways to do comedy. (I'm sure there are more, but just go with me.) The first is to tell jokes and deliver punchlines, the content is funny. The second is to play absurd situations straight, the context is funny. The FP aims for the latter. In the world of the movie, a gang culture has risen around a dance-fighting game - they call it Beat-Beat Revelation but it looks exactly like Dance-Dance Revolution. The two rival gangs, the 248 and the 245, duel for control of The FP. And they really mean it.
Unfortunately for the Trosts, I think the movie might have worked better if they'd gone for jokes and punchlines. Playing it serious and knowing they intend the audience to laugh, for me, actually made the movie less funny. Many people are calling this an instant cult classic, which might be true, and if so completely explains why I'll probably never watch it again since I tend not to like cult films.
Even so, the film is actually well put together. It looks low budget without looking crappy. The blu-ray image and sound quality are very good, and the disc includes a few extras. The commentary track, I felt, doesn't add much, but the behind the scenes and making of featurettes are quite interesting, especially the parts about the soundtrack and costuming.
I can't really recommend anyone suffer through this movie, but I suppose I can see the appeal. Perhaps check out the first 10 minutes of the movie below and decide if The FP the sort of thing you want to see.
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