How one independent film can mix together a dance culture satire lampooning everything from “Breakin'” to “Step Up” with the feel good attitude of “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” while topping it off with a pinch of “The Road Warrior” and “Class of 1984” is beyond me. However, one movie successfully does just this. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to “The FP.”
In the not-so-distant future, Frazier Park, CA is overrun by alcoholics in a land where consumption of the drink is limited and they’ve turned to meth and other drugs for their fixes. Two gangs now run the streets of the apocalyptic city. They settle their disputes through a dangerous street-level version of the video game “Dance, Dance, Revolution.” Only one will be left standing when the gangs clash against each other and decide their fates playing “Beat, Beat Revelation!”
Words can’t possibly describe how literally ridiculous this movie is. They also can’t describe how fun it is. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. The urban street lingo flowing out of the white and Asian characters’ mouths is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Everything in this movie feels like the result of a car wreck between the dance, new wave, redneck, and punk cultures of the 1980s and 1990s. How the actors played their roles straight-faced is beyond me.
The high definition transfer of the film hasn’t drained the film of any of its personality. It still hangs on to its independent flavor and spirit. The 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound pumps the electronic score out in your face as the dance contests and training sequences get fiercer and fiercer.
The producers of this Blu-ray release went all out for its special features. There’s a 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished: The Making of ‘The FP'” and two others as well. Audio commentary is provided by the Trost Brothers, who directed the film. A featurette entitled “‘The FP’ in the FP: A Return to Frazier Park” shows the cast and crew promoting a special screening of the movie in the town it was named after. Green band and red band trailers are included. There’s also a 16-page booklet that features pictures from the movie and introductions by directors Rob Zombie (“Halloween”), Mark Neveldine (“Crank”), and Brian Taylor (“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”).
“The FP” is something to behold in its Blu-ray version. I guarantee you’ve never seen a movie like it. I’ve never witnessed a film that perfectly captures the decline of Western civilization while simultaneously being inspirational. Rob Zombie said it best when he described it as “‘The Karate Kid’ starring Snake Plissken versus white trash Clubber Lang against the backdrop of ‘The Warriors’ set to a bumping disco John Carpenter soundtrack in the world of ‘Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.'” Enough said, yo!
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