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Like most Greg Araki films, this one is hard to describe or classify. It is equal parts a light romantic comedy, satire pointing out the fluid nature of sexuality, murder mystery and story about an international conspiracy. The story is intentionally funny in parts, unintentionally laughable in others, and frightening at the same time. Acting is capable, the special effects reflect the tiny budget of the film, and some of the scene changes don't flow together very well. Overall, it can be an enjoyable diversion for those who don't take their movies too seriously, with a reminder that people are not always what they seem to be.
Not rated, but would be an R for partial nudity and simulated sex. DVD has deleted scenes, outtakes and commentary. I give it four stars out of five.
This French release doesn't allow you to change audio or subtitle tracks on the fly. If you'd like to enjoy this film as it was originally presented you'll be sad to know that the French subtitles are forced when playing the English audio track. Even if you were living in France you would not be able to appreciate this movie in it's original language without subtitles polluting this visually beautiful film.
I thought the dark ages of DVD were over, but it's stuff like this that makes me regret trying to legally purchase the things that I like. I guess what this ultimately comes down to is I wish that there was a way for me to support Gregg's films in the United States without always being forced into the standard definition ghetto. I have a feeling the age of physical media will be dead and gone before I get what I want.
If you happen to be a French fan of queer cinema that has no problem with watching dubbed over foreign films then this is absolutely the release for you, but I somehow doubt you exist.
From what I have read online it seems the German release of this film is the way to go as it does not force subtitles and is region free.
With Kaboom, Araki is, more or less, attempting to combine the dreamlike quality of his masterpiece, Mysterious Skin, with the energy and the over-the-top style of his earlier Teen Apocalypse trilogy, which featured Totally F***ed Up (my favorite of the trilogy), The Doom Generation (a film that I am, very slowly, beginning to understand the brilliance of) and Nowhere (an ugly film that I dislike more and more every day). This attempt of his works to a certain degree, but I think the main problem here is that he cannot quite bring anything new or interesting to the table.Read more ›
Smith (Thomas Dekker) is a college student with a thing for his apparently straight roommate Thor and also for a young woman named London (Juno Temple). Araki doesn't seem to like labels, and most of the characters are sexually flexible. Some more openly acknowledge it than others. London specifically discusses Kinsey's 0-6 sliding scale of orientation on which very few people score a 0 or 6. Strange things start to happen around Smith. An enigmatic note identifies him as the "chosen son." He has disturbing encounters with men in animal masks. Smith thinks he might have witnessed a murder (he was high at the time), which leads him to question the story told to him by his mother about his father's death. He grows to believe his father is alive and is a leader of some bizarre secret cult that has selectively bred people with some psychic abilities, that has infiltrated governments, and that has an apocalyptic mission. Don't expect this ever to be a cult classic, but it has its pleasures for the type of viewer likely to choose it in the first place.
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I don't know about the actual movie, but anytime I tried to watch it, another movie started. Avoid shudder as a service until they get their crap figured outPublished 4 months ago by Q. Brown
Gregg Araki is always interesting, and most of the time I didn't know where he was going with "Kaboom". Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Gawlitta
Thomas Dekker is fascinating, cute, and likable as the main character of this weird pseudo-horror film. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lost in Vegas
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 on December 30, 2013 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 on December 10, 2013 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 on November 26, 2013 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
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