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From the mind of visionary director Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin," "The Doom Generation") comes this hot comedy about the secrets that lie beneath an idyllic seaside town. Heading the cast of gorgeous guys and girls is Thomas Dekker ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") as Smith, an 18-year-old living the life of a college freshman, lusting after his straight roommate (Chris Zylka), hanging out with his lesbian bestie (Haley Bennett), and trying to decide -- if he can -- whether he digs boys or girls. Teen angst soon gives way to more sinister concerns when Smith finds out that his small Southern California town is also home to a killer cult.
Gregg Araki's Kaboom represents a return to familiar territory, which will come as good news for fans of his teen apocalypse trilogy, which began with The Doom Generation. He introduces his latest lead, bisexual film student Smith (The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Thomas Dekker, likably low-key), as he dreams about a tryst with his surfer roommate, Thor (Chris Zylka, believably stupid). The apocalypse enters the scenario via the Messiah (James Duval), Smith's RA, who claims that the end of the world is nigh, after which the Southern California kid runs into people from his dreams, like Lorelei (Roxane Mesquida), a lesbian witch obsessed with his best friend, Stella (Haley Bennett). In his waking life, Smith has a fling with London (Juno Temple), a feisty Brit who joins him and Stella in a quest for answers. Like Araki's Smiley Face, the characters inhabit a stylized realm in which they experience real feelings, but talk as if they were starring in a paranormal teen romance with all the naked bodies and blue language those films tend to leave out. Time will tell if Araki will ever make a movie as gritty as Mysterious Skin again, but it's hard not to admire the way he brings all the disparate story strands together at the end with a take-down of doomsday cults, homophobes, and sci-fi twaddle about Chosen Sons. Extra features include deleted scenes and uninhibited commentary from Araki and Dekker. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
This highly sexual but not particularly graphic flick by Gregg Araki caroms from good to bad to so-bad-it's-good and back around again. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Bellush, Jr.
I really dig this movie. I am a huge fan of far out love stories and this is surely on of the most far out.Published 20 months ago by Jesse K. Dotson
I ALSO LOVE THIS MOVIE AND THE DVD QUALITY IS EXCELLENT. THIS MOVIE IS VERY CREATIVE AND IMAGINATIVE. THE DIRECTOR OF THIS MOVIE IS WELL KNOWN FOR HIS IMAGINATION AND TALENT. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JQ.
Kaboom sees Gregg Araki returning to his early film origins of trashy plots, throwaway sex and an endless parade of pretty actors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ron Foley Macdonald , .
Lordy Lordy! Is it just me? Or am I the only person in the whole wide world that missed this movie? KABOOM!!! Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Avid Movie and Music Fan
Sort of dark, sort of surreal, with a hot cast, and lots of apocalyptic gloom. Product was in great shape and offered at a great price. Shipping was nice and quick. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Love the story and all the beautiful eye candy. This is a great movie just don't hate the end. This movie has no point to it ether but it is great.Published on July 12, 2013 by Trevor Ivory