Austin Connection Movie Review – The FP

 Austin Connection Movie Review – The FP

A new addition to the Austin Connection is a very well rounded individual who makes his way around the Austin Movie and poster/print scene. Ruben Leal has been a friend of mine for a while now and I can’t remember an Alamo Drafthouse or MONDO event I haven’t seen him at. Welcome Ruben with comments on his The FP movie review and/or like it on your social media.

Article written by: Ruben Leal

Anyone remember those days as a kid, before the internet was around, and you found out about movies by seeing a poster somewhere and absolutely knew that second that you had to see that movie? You had absolutely no doubt in your mind that the movie was going to be awesome just based off the image or images on that poster. Well that’s how I came to find out about The FP. My desire to want to see this movie all started from seeing a movie poster by artist Tyler Stout for The FP last year during the film’s SXSW 2011 debut release. Unfortunately I became aware of the movie too late to catch it during SXSW 2011, and was not sure if it’d ever get released again. So imagine my surprise when Drafthouse films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, decided to re-release it during SXSW 2012.

I don’t know what took so long for it to get re-released but this is a film that needs to be shown to the world to help prove the point that you don’t need a Michael Bay-sized budget and A-List actors to make a kick ass film. Here is a link to the red band NSFW trailer featured back in February.

This was a family affair of sorts making this movie. Brothers Jason & Brandon Trost co-wrote the script, Brandon directed and Jason was the cinematographer. Their sister Sarah did costume design (a contender on Project Runway), and their Pops, well, he has been involved with movie props and special effects for years in Hollywood since the early ’80s, so it was just natural for him to be a big part of the movie. And most of the extras are friends of the Trost brothers so casting was fun and done on the cheap.

The FP is set in what appears to be a not too far off future that is living in the past. It’s kind of like the guy at your high school reunion that never grew with the times and still acts and talks like he did when he was 18, and it’s just so ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh. Thrown in the trailer-park mix you have two rival gangs, the 248 from the North and the 245 from the South that claim their whacked-out street cred by trying to 187 each other in beat-offs. DOH, get your head out of the gutter. Beat-offs are just underground battles of Beat Beat Revolution, very similar to the popular DDR game. In The FP, Beat Beat is not just a game, it’s a civil war. BBR for life, bitches!

Check out the first 10 minutes of the film:

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From the opening of the movie down to the mind-blowing ending, it’s a full onslaught of one-liners that never get old. There is no doubt that co-writers/actors/brothers Jason & Brandon Trost took this script over the top, but somehow they made it work. Normally I’m not a big fan of scripts that have overly excessive use of explicit language (just think of most of anything Seth Rogan has done and you’ll get what I’m talking about). But for the B-movie that The FP is, it just came together and made me and everyone else in the theater laugh their asses off and made the girl sitting next to me fall out of her seat.

Now add an ’80s-vibe soundtrack that ranks up there with Drive, a training montage that rivals Karate Kid and Rocky IV and countless “OMG did that really happen!?” moments and you’ve got a great recipe for an instant cult classic. Drafthouse Films is already taking pre-orders for The FP in several different package bundles that you can view here. I’ve already put in my order for “Tha Delooxe Toe Up From Tha Mutha-fuckin’ Flow Up” Edishun.

It’s no question that I’m giving this 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls. Get your Grill on grab a natty and don’t be a “Chucklehead,” go see The FP at a theater near you.

Rainbolt

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I grew up on Kung Fu theater movie weekends, a lot of Top Ramen Noodles, G.I. Joe's, Evil Knivels Stunt Cycle and Stretch Armstrong. My Movie reviews and Artist Interviews have been a regular around Nerdlocker.com. Follow me on Twitter @arainbolt. or email me aaron@nerdlocker.com