Cult Cinema: The FP

Read Michelle's review of the greatest film of our time, The FP.

What if I told you there was a movie about gang members who battle each other by playing Beat Beat Revelation (a Dance Dance Revolution rip-off) in a post-apocalyptic urban future? What if I also told you that this film is one of the best B movies I have ever seen? The FP, directed by the indie sibling team of Jason and Brandon Trost, manages to make this absolutely ludicrous concept work and ends up being one of the most hilarious movies I have seen in a long time.

The FP starts out insane and the pace doesn’t let up for the entire movie. In my opinion, if you are going to make a silly movie like this you have to go in all the way—you can’t half ass it. Everyone in the film plays their ridiculous roles with a straight face and with gusto but you can always tell it’s with a wink and a nod to the audience. The dialogue and writing in the movie is really what shines here. Everyone speaks in street/urban slang (or Ebonics of you don’t want to be PC about it) and it makes for some of the funniest conversations I have ever heard. This is one of the most quotable movies ever and if you watch it with a group of friends you will mostly likely be trading lines from it for a long time afterwards. It’s also over-the-top and borderline offensive at times but those aren’t considered negatives in my book.

The Trost brothers had a very low budget to work with for The FP but you wouldn’t know it by how great this movie looks. They spent a lot of time on the backdrops and the lighting in the movie is impressive. They really nailed the gritty atmosphere of Frasier Park and its desperate denizens. There is always something funny going on in the background and I didn’t catch most of it until a second viewing. The costumes are outrageous in a good way—it looks like a combination of Mad Max and Kanye West’s closet. Incidentally, the musical score is epic as well and it’s comprised of upbeat techno tunes that would be at home in any Dance Dance Revolution game.

This film is one of my favorite B movies of all time and I know that it will be considered a cult film in years to come. You should definitely check a look at it and support the independent film community so that we can get more gems like these made.

-Review by Michelle Kisner