Kaboom

  • 15
  • Gregg Araki (2010)
  • US
  • 82 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Mysterious Skin director Gregg Araki returns to the delicious absurdity of his 1990s "Teen Apocalypse" trilogy with this erotically charged slice of hipster film-making. Conceived as a treat for his hardcore fans, it's a flimsy but fun sci-fi comedy in which bisexual college student Smith (Thomas Dekker) and his equally hedonistic pals (including a fabulously free-spirited Juno Temple) are drawn into a convoluted end-of-days conspiracy after his ominous dreams start bleeding into reality. The surreal and self-aware events play like Twin Peaks meets 90210, as the ludicrously beautiful characters revel in their youth, while swapping ultra-snappy dialogue, having tons of sex and encountering such strangeness as a possessive witch, animal mask-wearing assailants and a demented cult leader. Araki's trademark comic book-vibrant visuals and a cool, indie soundtrack intensify the overall trippy experience, keeping everything cohesive even when the narrative goes entirely off the rails in the rushed final act.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi comedy thriller starring Thomas Dekker. A slacker student's life of sex, partying and bitchy banter with his best female friend takes a turn to the dark side after he witnesses a murder. Or has he hallucinated the whole thing?

Cast and crew

Cast

Smith
Thomas Dekker
Stella
Haley Bennett
Thor
Chris Zylka
Lorelei
Roxane Mesquida
London
Juno Temple
Rex
Andy Fischer-Price
Hunter
Jason Olive
The Messiah
James Duval
Oliver
Brennan Mejia

Crew

Director
Gregg Araki

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Contains swearing and sexual references.
Available on DVD
Released 10 Jun 2011
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy