"Loaded" is a lot like a cheesy eighties movie or along the same lines of one of HBO's classic "Thursday Night Prime" B-Level action films. Directed by Alan Pao, the film stars a young, "hot" cast. Players include Jesse Metcalf ("John Tucker Must Die"/"Desperate Housewives"), Corey Large, Monica Keena ("Freddy Vs. Jason") and Nathalie Kelley. The film's plot revolves around Tristan Price (Metcalf). Tristan has it all. He comes from a wealthy family, he's getting ready for law school and he has a beautiful fiancee named Brooke (Keena). As in most films, and even stories for that matter, when the main character seems to have everything going for them in the beginning it is all soon going to come crashing down. That is exactly what happens with Tristan. It is first reveiled in a flashback that his college girlfriend died of a drug overdose right in front of him when he was also all highed up on cocaine. This flashback serves for foreshadowing for what's to come. The film opens at a party celebrating Tristan's college graduation. Stemming from the incident that took place in the aforementioned flashback, Tristan's parents (especially his father) have him on lock down. His friends and little brother talk his parents into letting Tristan accompany them to the club for the night.
After a fun night partying at the club Tristan's brother Hayden (Chace Crawford) still has energy. He talks Tristan into going to an after hours party. This extra trip turns into a party that Tristan would eventually regret going to. It is here that he is reaquainted with a former classmate who he can't remember. Sebastian (Large) goes on and on about how the two were friends freshman year and he can't believe that Tristan can't remember him. This meeting eventually turns into a new found friendship between Tristan and Sebastian. As it turns out, Sebastian can be quite the bad influence. He reintroduces Tristan to cocaine, all night partying and another woman with who Tristan begins an affair.
Before long things start to spin out of control for Tristan. He begins skipping important law classes to sleep in and continue some bright and early partying. Soon, even his brother becomes concerned. Also, Brooke and his parents begin getting on his case as the notice a serious change in the way he acts. Things really hit the fan when it becomes apparant that Sebastian is a serious drug dealer. Tristan suddenly finds himself thrust into a web of violence, drugs and betrayal.
As far as things go technically for this film, every thing is up to par. This may be lower budget to high standards but, on the contrary, seems to have a decent amount of money behind it compared to a lot of the smaller independent stuff we view here at Bloodtype. The atmosphere of Los Angelas is captured quite well and most of the scenes take place at some upper scale homes and night clubs. Sebastian's crib, especially, stood out to me as it was located right on the beach. I was definately envious of the partying that these characters were doing in this sweet beach house. Anyway, the acting was decent enough but nothing great. Everyone did there job and I especially took a liking to Corey Large's performance as Sebastian. He truly nailed the role of a character the audience could love to hate.
In conclusion, I would have to admit that this film surprised me. I thought is was going to be your cookie cutter "MTV"-style film and I found this was not the case. I will freely admit that I can see a lot of film fans (including my peers here at the website) saying I am crazy for giving this film my approval. The thing is I thought it was entertaining and that's the biggest component I look for when watching films. I'm not saying its "Pupl Fiction" by any strecth of the imagination but I did get a kick out of it. Put it this way, go in with low expectations and this film will exceed them. If you think my review made this film sound really good before you go and watch it, you may be dissapointed. The bottom line is that this is a cheesy action thriller that I found entertaining.