Release: March 9, 2018
Director: Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren
Writers: Juuso Laatio, Aleksi Puranen, Jari Olavi Rontala, Jukka Vidgren
Starring: Johannes Holopainen as Turo Moilanen, Anti Heikkinen as Jynkky, Samuli Jaskio as Lotvonen, Max Ovaska as Pasi, Chike Ohanwe as Oula, and Minka Kuustonen as Miia
Running Time: 92 minutesS
Heavy Trip tells the story of a death metal band from a small town in Finland who, after twelve years of doing nothing, lie their way to a spot at Norway’s top metal festival. If one positive thing can be said about Heavy Trip, it’s that at least they use actual metal in the damn film. I’ve reviewed a couple of metal-related films for this site, and its usually some type of bland Sumerian Records “I listened to my big brother’s Korn CDs when I was 11 and now unhealthily fetishize 1996” garbage. I’m not a huge fan of the nordic metal thing, but it was a refreshing change. As for the movie, the story feels a little disjointed, and it does seem like there are some holes in the plot. Some developments seem to just come out of nowhere. However, it’s not entirely unwatchable. Comedy has a tendency to get lost in translation, and there certainly are instances of that in Heavy Trip. One notable instance is a scene where the main character grabs one of the guys that ribs him by calling him a “homo” and kisses him on the lips. He then says something to him, presumably something taunting, but the English subtitle translation came off as more awkward and slightly disjointed. This could be down to the fact that the version I reviewed was sent to me and is of what one would call slightly dubious quality, so it may be a bit of a fudged translation. That being said, I found that the majority of the jokes (juvenile as many of them may be) landed and did illicit at least a chuckle from me. If you’re looking for a decent metal themed comedy that isn’t called This is Spinal Tap, then give Heavy Trip a go.