Film Review: Kaboom (2010)

This review originally appeared on http://www.tallyhomagazine.co.nz/

Director: Gregg Araki
Writer: Gregg Araki (screenplay)
Stars: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker and James Duval, Juno Temple.

Run Time: 86 min

Rating:R18 (NZ), MA 15+(Australia)

★★☆ ☆ ☆

Director: Gregg Araki

Writer: Gregg Araki (screenplay)

Stars: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker and James Duval, Juno Temple.

Run Time: 86 min

Kaboom is the latest offering from the more than slightly bizarre director/writer Gregg Araki. Kaboom focuses on the mysterious goings on that surround 18 year old sexually ‘undeclared’ student Smith (Thomas Dekker) and his fellow friend, and proud lesbian, Stella (Haley Bennett). As is typical of Araki films, the sexuality of the characters is prominently discussed.

The film begins an overtly sexual manner, with masturbation and intercourse being the key focus, intermingled with some surreal dream sequences from Smith. Two of the women in his dream start appearing in real life, and the story follows his attempt to discover what it all means.

Smith is enamored with his college room mate, a surfer named Thor (Chris Zylka) and his best friend Rex (Andy Fischer-Price), secretly hoping they feel the same way about him, while Stella has been seduced by a more that slightly crazy witch with sexual powers, named Lorelei.

Yes, I said it, a witch. Perhaps this was a sign of the direction the film was heading in.


Juno Temple as London

Smith eats a hallucinogenic cookie at a party, meets a girl named London (Juno Temple) in the bathroom, and of course, they have sex.

After London kicks him out of her bed, Smith claims to be witness to the murder of one of the girls from his dream while wandering the campus. The following morning the dorm RA, known to all as Messiah, in his drug induced haze, foreshadows an apocalyptic future for this young group of friends.

If this sounds like its starting to be more than a little surreal, you’d be right. The plot is all over the place. Honestly, the film is unintentionally hilarious as a result. As it edges towards its climax, the Kaboom becomes a mega-teen schlock sci-fi horror. This may well be the only film of this genre in the video store. We can only hope.

The definite highlights are the quotable lines which mostly come from Stella and the occasional piece of brilliance from London. The women in the film are definitely more interesting than the men, Lorelei the witch excluded. Such as the scene where London is giving instruction on oral sex which includes the delightful line “Dude, that’s a vagina, not a bowl of spaghetti…”

I laughed till I cried during this film; the only other film to do this to me was the Britney Spears classic, ‘Crossroads’. Take from that what you will, and spend your hard earned money at your own peril seeing this movie.

Perhaps best left to be viewed by those who once loved the Incredibly Strange Film Festival.

 

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