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The Doom Generation

3.3 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews

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A road trip takes a drifter, a teen and her boyfriend to dark and violent places.

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  • Actors: Amanda Bearse, Rose McGowan, Don Galloway, Nicky Katt, Christopher Knight
  • Directors: Gregg Araki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEQ4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Doom Generation" on IMDb

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By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: DVD
Few films on have elicited anywhere near the disparity of comments that "The Doom Generation" has received, along with an extreme bi-model vote distribution on the IMDb. While I hate to prattle on about hidden meanings and messages that do not exist or that are not intended, Araki (unlike most film makers) is sophisticated enough to actually put such elements in his films. And he does not strike me as so full of himself that he would do this with no purpose other than mind games. Therefore, I will elaborate on my own interpretation of what he is trying to convey with this film.

McGowen's character, Amy Blue seems to be symbolic of the concept of pure beauty, which could be considered our closest relation to a world that exists outside ordinary life. An idea that psychologists like Jung (influenced by Eastern religion) have imagined as involving a sort of "collective unconscious" that persists through time while actual generations of human beings are born and die. Making beauty our proof while we live that there is "something higher" than ordinary existence. Like when a composer creates a melody and attributes it to a higher authority because they can't believe themselves capable of bringing something that perfect into the world.

Some do not recognize beauty when they see it and some are inspired when they see beauty, but most must possess beauty-or failing to gain possession destroy it rather than share it with others. Protecting beauty from those who would possess it or destroy it is the focus of this film.
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Format: DVD
THE DOOM GENERATION is definitely not a film for all tastes. This edition on DVD is worth having for the Araki fan who saw the hacked version in theaters. Seeing the director's vision unaffected by over-zealous censors is a real bonus. It only confirms my opinion that Araki is a filmmaker for the new generation of young, disaffected Americans who don't find much originality in the usual garbage cranked out by Hollywood today.
THE DOOM GENERATION is perhaps Araki's best work to date, although not as inspired as some of his earlier films, this film is overall more consistent and coherent in tone. Still, this film is NOT easy to watch for the prudish or faint-of-heart.
Araki fans won't want to miss this classic version of the ultimate "road" movie.
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I will say this. "The Doom Generation" is not a movie to watch when you're extremely tired. It will come across as even more confusing and frustrating. Okay, that's out of my system.
I honestly don't know. . . clearly, you must look at this movie from a "so bad, it's good" kind of perspective. That's a given-- you can't expect me to believe a man getting his head blown off, falling into a convenient store stand and spewing up green stuff is either particularly harrowing or realistic. And I honestly still don't quite know what it's about, I remember scenes but not story, always the mark of a good bad movie.
But this one is so weird! I can't understand where it's coming from; is it a treatise on violence on our society? Our rigid views of sexuality? The fragile and deadly nature that was Generation X? Or is it just a weird movie? Essentially the film plays like the same fifteen minutes four times over-- kids drive off to some location, someone recognizes them, a struggle ensues, that dude from That Thing You Do comes to rescue them, they get away while some adversary says "that b**ch, I'm gonna find her, and I'm gonna kill her," two of the three go off and have sex while the other one watches and, well, **ahem**, then that adversary comes back (or doesn't, who knows) and vows revenge. This happens a few times until an extremely graphic, and very harrowing rape/mutilation/murder scene at the end that is quite ugly, but also the most brilliant moment of the entire film in its use of lighting and the way it is staged.
Warped cameos abound, most notably Parker Posey, Margaret Cho, and Heidi Fleiss (somehow fitting).
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I first heard of Gregg Araki through the trailer for "Nowhere." I saw that movie and thought it one of the gutsiest films I'd seen in a long time. Then I heard that it was the third in a trilogy of teen angst apocalyptic anarchy, including "Totally F**ked Up," and this film. "The Doom Generation" is even more difficult to watch than "Nowhere" was. Araki's penchant for using obviously half-assed teen language that is so outdated it's beyond humorous...which is the best reason to laugh at it, is only amplified by the extensive cussing. Also extensive in this movie is the sex and violence, both of which are VERY abundant. From a quicki-mart owner's head getting blown off (sorry for the spoiler) to stabbings to getting beat up by gang members (played by the members of the late industrial band Skinny Puppy) to the shocking and saddening climax, this movie is a bloodfest that could rival the "Evil Dead" movies. The sex...well, in Rose McGowan's first starring role, this movie makes it clear that she has to be a screwed up person to begin with just to be involved in a movie like this (and to think...with this as her first movie, some people were surprised that she would become Mrs. Marilyn Manson). Her depravity as a person goes beyond being a slut, but even to a sense of self-denial and hypocrisy, a condition that is worsened by the fact that everybody else in the movie thinks that she's someone they once knew who left them...and in return they must kill her. Was she? Maybe. It's beside the point, and yes this movie DOES have a point. And it's a little more than conveying the idea that this world we live in is a literal hell, as is told by the 666 and Hell references that are so blatant and obvious, they also add to the humor.Read more ›
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