Directed by: Brandon Trost, Jason Trost
Starring: Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Image Entertainment
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Running Time: 83 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars
“The FP” easily has to be one of the most bizarre and unique films I have seen in many years. There is nothing out there like it. It is a crazy mix of “Step Up” with “Mad Max”. To fit my description perfectly it also features narration by James Remar (“The Warriors”), which is just perfect. The film is also from the producers of “Paranormal Activity”, which just makes it more and more interesting. Some are calling it an instant cult hit and I agree it definitely has what it takes to create that.
The film takes place in a dystopian future, focusing on a relentless turf war rages between two rival gangs for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park (aka The FP). Though this isn’t your typical gang wars since it the battles take place within a deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game “Beat-Beat Revelation.” Right there, you might be saying to yourself “WHAAAAAA?” But it honestly works and the film is fast paced and really delivers.
The Blu-ray looks and sounds great, boasting its 1080p transfer and presented in an aspect ratio of 2:39.1. The special features included are impressive as well. “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished: The Making of THE FP” is a decent behind-the-scenes featurette. “THE FP in The FP: A Return to Frazier Park” takes a look at the locations used for the film. There is an audio commentary from the directors, The Trost Bros., who prove this film really was a labor of love. Lastly there is a special collector’s edition booklet with Intro by Rob Zombie and Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, it is a real treat and rare to actually have a booklet included in recent Blu-rays these days.