Beyond the Trophy
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BEYOND THE 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
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The film introduces female characters, and then don't really use them. There is a brief car chase scene, but not much action or thrills in this crime drama, that didn't have much drama either. In order to try to save the film from being a complete disaster, Madsen supplies some omniscient Joe Bob Briggs style narration, even through he is one of the characters away from the scene. Disjointed, uneven, and a bit annoying.
Don't feel you missed anything if you skipped over this film.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. Stripper nudity.
The car chase lasts all of 30-45 seconds, with guys leaning out the windows waving fake pistols at each other, and mis-timed, dubbed shooting sound effects drowning out the cars. The producers couldn't even be bothered to add in some fake muzzle flashes.
Besides that, it's obvious that the "chase" occurs at about 25 mph, and they're SERIOUSLY trying not to ding the cars. BO-RING. Plus, those cars are some of the most special Mustangs out there, yet they make no effort to play up the cars.
So, to sum up: bad writing, horrible acting, narration that doesn't make sense, story that jumps around, non-existent special effects, AND they managed to make a car chase between a GT500 and a "Terminator" Cobra boring.
I can't think of one redeeming quality about this movie. The quality is something you would expect with an adult film, and it's just like one...minus the adult action. It's not even worth watching to laugh at, and if you tried to play a drinking game to it, you would quickly succumb to alcohol poisoning.