We live in an era in which talented filmmakers sometimes trade in creativity and taking chances for remakes, reboots and 3-D gimmicks. We get it -- they're a giant cash cow. Leave it up to the up-and-comers to make unique and rare movies that won't be seen by even a small portion of the people who saw "Clash of the Titans." At least we know those crazy ones still exist.
Right now those hungry men are Brandon and Jason Trost, the duo that has made the most bonkers independent movie of this year -- a movie about living the somewhat thug life called "The FP."
"The FP" is bats**t crazy. Here's the synopsis (bear with us, it gets weird). The film is set in a post-apocalyptic future in the FP, known to you and me as Frazier Park. There's famine, overpopulation and disease, and the people and streets are ruled by rival gangs who don't use physical violence to reign supreme, but compete for territories in a vicious and deadly game of -- here it is -- an interactive dance-fight video game called "Beat-Beat Revolution."
The opening scene sets the story for the film: Beat-Beat Revolution champ BTRO (Brandon Barrera) and his younger brother and protege, JTRO (Jason Trost, who also cowrote and codirected the film), must compete against the vicious L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy) and his boys for the FP territory. In an epic techo music-fueled battle, BTRO is 187'd ("FP" slang for killed), and all hope is now lost. After going missing for a year, JTRO returns (with the help from his trash-talkin' friend KCDC, played by Art Hsu) hoping to reclaim the throne his brother once owned and turn the FP into less of a s**thole.
Yes, this is a real movie, and yes, it's just as absurd as you imagine it to be. "The FP" is loud and often obnoxious, but the film works because everyone involved is obviously having a blast. It's a lot of fun watching the actors keep straight faces while delivering the most ridiculous and over-the-top dialogue ever heard. These guys give N.W.A. a run for their money.
Absurdity aside, the movie is an ode to all of those great sci-fi and action movies from the '80s, even down to the obvious John Carpenter-inspired synthesizing score. It's no surprise that the Trost brothers have a love of exploitation cinema -- they've been on low-budget movie sets their whole lives, and their father is Ron Trost, who's done special effects for movies you've never heard of, like "Ghoulies IV" and "Big Bad Mama II," and films you have heard of, like "Mortal Kombat" and "American Pie." Written and directed by both Trost brothers, "The FP" is a labor of love. In Trost we trust.