TROPHY tells the story of men's obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the "PRIZE". Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (...
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TROPHY tells the story of men's obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the "PRIZE". Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (Michael Madsen), are vying for control. Danny (Michael Masini), an LAPD undercover police detective, goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Along the way, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and seductive Angela (Ali Costello), whose relationship with her husband Jake and mob leader Gino makes her the focal point of an intoxicating romantic equation-with deadly consequences. Her dream is to escape the wrath of evil abusive men, and find the love she never knew but always dreamed of. Even in the underworld, sometimes dreams do come true even when it all seems impossible Written by
Both Michael Madsen and Eric Roberts have appeared in a lot of cheap
and junky projects in recent years, but I had a little hope for this
effort because it had both of those actors in its cast. But the end
results make it a career low for both of them. Roberts doesn't make
that much of an appearance in the movie, nor does he make much of an
effort, not just for the fact that he is sitting down in almost all of
his limited footage. Madsen has somewhat more of a presence (he also
narrates), but it's clear he's just going through the motions. I guess
the movie could still have worked despite the misuse of its talented
stars, but the rest of the movie fails in every way you can think of.
The script has the one-two punch of being confusing and boring. The
direction comes across as cheap and quick, ranging from the lack of
establishing shots to the often poorly recorded dialogue. And the movie
has an awesomely cheap feeling, most prominently from the poorly
dressed (and poorly chosen) sets and locations. It just goes to clearly
show that a talented cast alone does not make a movie work.
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