Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, TikTok, and so many more. At this point, there's absolutely no way you haven't at least heard of one or all of these - even if you happen to be eighty-nine years old and living in a third world country. Odds are if you're reading this, you probably have one or more of these pages bookmarked. Do people still bookmark? The point is this, social media is everywhere and not leaving any time soon - and along with anything else that becomes part of everyday life, there's money to be made. Especially if you happen to have a lot of followers, or steadily rising up within the social media ranks. Among other things, these people are called influencers - as if you didn't already know that.
Take Tyler and Robbie for example. Two best friends who together, created the Tyler and Robbie brand. This dynamic duo creates videos of all kinds, but mostly sketch videos, and are very quickly rising in status. Over 200,000 followers and counting. The future is looking so damn bright, it's completely crazy. However, as is the case with so many online trends, things don't look to stay this way forever. Robbie has received an out of town job offer that he intends to take. You would think as his best friend, Tyler would be supportive... but Robbie doesn't think that. And he's right. Tyler would be left in the dust, left to fend for himself. The brand the two have created would instantly become something of the past but worse? Robbie would be gone.
After getting ahold of his emotions, at least on the surface, Tyler comes up with one last prank for the duo to perform as a team. It could be a little dangerous, but only a little - and the payoff would be a splendid way to cap things off. Only, the slightly dangerous prank doesn't go as planned, and is far from slightly dangerous. As a result, Robbie ends up dead. This is the opening act of "Bruh.MP4" from Andrew Burdette - and from here things get kind of weird. Burdette's film is a genre mash-up but mainly, the category of thriller is a good fit. And honestly reader, this little film with a funny little name far exceeded my expectations. There's a lot going on here but never quite enough to get overly complicated - and what "Bruh.MP4" does well, it does really well. The short version of this write-up? Don't think for one second the comedic aspects make this movie one for the kids, it gets pretty dark, pretty fast, and overall? A pretty good flick.
Overall, technically this film has quite a polished feel to it. That's not to say things are perfect, especially during certain sequences that seem to have a drastically reduced contrast ratio, but generally speaking - I have no real issues with the visuals and sound. As far as low-budget projects go, the feeling "Bruh.MP4" gives off is that of a much larger production. The edits add to the pacing, and even keep the mixing of genres fluid and on-point. A lot of studio films that mix genres suffer from an edit that seems to keep the mash-ups segmented, not here. It's all fluid and to the point.
What I did notice was that Burdette's flick starts to feel a little long-winded, especially going into the final act of the film. A lot of exposition that really could have been cut out - as they say... show, don't tell. Not bad enough to warrant a major written essay about - but I will say had another ten or fifteen minutes been cut, I feel this film would have greatly benefited. A surprising element to make note of is the acting itself. I can't think of anyone who felt weird, awkward, or out of place. With that said, I really have nothing to write about - and that's a good thing. It's when I really notice something awkward about the cast portrayals that I begin to write. Not the case here.
At the end of the day, "Bruh.MP4" really is a great film. The comedy worked but never overshadowed the darker aspects of the film. I feel that anyone who loves the darker tones of a thriller will enjoy this piece - even if you're not really into movies involving the current nature of our social trends and circles. There's more here. A story of friends, a story of depression, self-worth, and ego. And yes reader, there is a twist waiting at the end but I won't even hint at what it is. You'll simply have to watch and find out. Three and a half stars. Well done.