Let me start off by saying I’m not a stunt movie fan. I’m not necessarily one of those people who like to leave my house either. Needless to say when I had to put those two together, I was a little sceptic about the night being awesome. I’m pleased to say that at least one of the above mentioned pleasantly surprised me.
And so it begins
The Premier was held at Nu Metro, Menlyn Mall. Arriving at the Nu Metro cinema complex I was greeted by a couple of lovely lady faces, getting my ticket was faster than Darryn’s make-do Batmobile. This was by far the best part of the event itself (excluding the actual movie). From there on out, no one had any clue whatsoever where to go, what to do or when anything is starting. Like the cute little leopard-print-lambs that we were, we funnelled toward the cinema. And I say leopard-print because never in my life have I ever seen so many people wear leopard print in one place. It’s like I was surrounded by multiple Frans in some freak alternate universe of The Nanny.
Anyhow, pictures were taken while we figured out where the free booze was. We could choose anything from a wide variety of three beverages. It was very difficult to choose, truestory. All of a sudden a tiny voice shouted across the colourful little crowd, the closest five people heard the announcement. The movie was going to start in two minutes. In a weird stop-and-go motion, we all moved toward the cinema in a rut of confusion. Here’s one: rut can also be defined as “An annual period of sexual activity in deer and some other mammals, during which the males fight each other for access to the females.” This is strikingly descriptive of the short distance trip to the cinema entrance.
When we were all seated, we were welcomed by the cast and a fantastic lights display of electric shocks. This pleased me.
Bustin Chops The Movie
Yup, you guessed it; this is the one part of the evening that pleasantly surprised me. I had no idea what to expect. After all, it’s a South African movie. I didn’t have high hopes. Sorry? Nah! I’m not sorry. We don’t really have a reputation for the classiest movie scene out there. Let’s not kid ourselves.
Bustin Chops is an upfront honest South African movie if I’ve ever seen one. It doesn’t pretend to have Oscar winning acting, and this was okay. The movie is about a gang of young, nuts-to-the-core stunt boys. A movie about making a movie, which was in fact not as bad as it should have been. As you can imagine it wasn’t destined to have a fantastic storyline, or even one that overshadowed the stunts.
Nevertheless, this was the lamest story I’ve ever loved. I was impressed with the creative approach taken to making this movie. It’s hard to believe that anything “creative” could be added to a stunt movie, but it was. After some awesome video game references early on in the film, Bustin Chops automatically scored a gazillion points. It wasn’t badly executed at all; in fact it’s one of the things I loved most.
Die proe soos nog!
So, what about the stunts then, eh? I’m a tough cookie to get laughing at outright retarded stunts, and even more so at Afrikaners doing the stunting, even though I am Afrikaans (Yes, I know, my parents really pulled a stinker on me there.). But Bustin Chops had me in stitches. Some of the stunts we absolutely hilarious, some we’re butt-clinching to say the least. There were a total of two stunts which I found vulgar, but that’s just the chick in me. So I’ll give it a look over.
I honestly expected the stunts to be the same old thing we’ve seen in other stunt movies. There were a few stunts that have become somewhat of a requirement in this business over the years. But it was kept to a minimal. Does it get old? No it doesn’t! I loved that their stunts included some local flavour. And that’s saying a lot coming from me, since I don’t really have any sense of local pride.
At first I found the amount of man butt I saw a bit disturbing, but as the movie progressed I forgot all about that traumatising experience of overexposed hairy bums. The injuries sustained on said man butts far outweighed the actual proud displays of behinds. The above said should not be taken to mean that, that’s all you’ll be seeing in the movie. It really isn’t. As a gamer and as “boere meisie” in denial I can say that Bustin Chops was way better than I ever thought it would be. Stellar job boys! Well done!
After the party, comes the after party
Watching Bustin chops was a party in itself, it was fun. After all, after that much laughing you are sure to have a six pack… of beers. AMIRITE? Any one? No? Okay, lame I know.
The after party was held at the News Café across the road. Waiters with Bustin Chops themed shirts served up some super tasty platters and took orders for drinks. The service was really impressive. There were give-aways, live music and, well, the rest is classified.
Bustin Chops releases on 12 July check out the trailer and the plot below:
The movie starts 5 years after stuntman Eugene Koekemoer and his crew of misfit stuntmen left the world of fame with their Stunt TV shows and started to work regular 9 to 5 jobs. Everybody seems to be doing well except Eugene, so he devises a way to get his whole crew back to follow him one more time on the road to fame. It doesn’t end there, Eugene’s plan is to make a STUNT movie and show it to Steven Spielberg when he visits South Africa.
Follow Eugene and his crew on a journey of blood, pain, and sorrow, as he attempts to pull of the biggest con in history.
Last Updated: July 5, 2013