Ricky’s Review Roundup: Iron Temple and Red Rocket

Iron Temple

Written & Directed by Aaron M. Abelto
Plot: IFBB Pro Tony Torres built a lucrative lifestyle which came crashing down after covering for a friend who committed a murder. After being chased by the FBI he was sent to prison for five years. Once he did his time, Tony had to build back his life.

One of the things I love about documentaries is finding the ones I have never heard of the story before. Another thing that I love is watching one about a topic that sparks me to do a ton of research about the subject once the credits hit.

One of the trends as of late is doing a documentary and re-enacting scenes from real life. I don’t love them most of the time, but it enhanced the story of what writer/director Aaron M. Abelto was trying to tell. So you got a better idea of what went down and how it all unfolded.

With that being said, this story is bonkers. However, I will say that Tony Torress is one hell of a friend and I hope that I have a friend like that around me. I am not saying what happened was precisely correct, but to take a fall like that was a showing of a true friend.

As we watch him build his life back together, the documentary comes full circle. The documentary has its flaws, but it is overall solid because the story is presented.

Red Rocket

Directed by Sean Baker
Written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch
Starring Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son
Plot: A washed-up porn star clashes with his estranged wife after returning to his hometown in Texas.

The wavering reviews regarding this movie have been insane. It’s either receiving praise or getting mediocre reviews, and I have been intrigued ever since.

The movie follows an outdated pornstar Mikey (Simon Rex), trying to get his life back in order, or does he? Unfortunately, he is the type to mooch off others so that he doesn’t have to do it for himself. Ultimately, he meets his match, a 17-year-old girl who works at a donut shop.

To be completely honest, this is irresponsible filmmaking, and I am unsure how it got made. The entire film aimlessly follows Mikey and builds him up as this former pornstar as he preys upon an underage girl with whom he has no business doing anything.

Hollywood needs to be better than this, period.

The Verdict: F

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