Kaboom

Kaboom

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Kaboom Reviews

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Anthony L

Super Reviewer

January 9, 2013
Gregg Araki parodies himself and goes back to his bi-curious sci-fi roots. Such a shame really as Mysterious Skin was so clever. It's middle-American teenage angst nonsense really, about as deep as a puddle and just as interesting. At least Nowhere takes the piss out of itself. Gregg Araki needs to stop hanging around with John Waters, I blame him for this silliness.
Carlos M

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2012
A disjointed film where everything seems painfully arbitrary and with no sense of purpose. It suffers from an unfocused script, clumsy direction and an expository last scene - not funny as a hipster comedy nor intriguing enough as a mystery as it wants to be.
Nicki M

Super Reviewer

July 30, 2011
Won't be for everyone, but I quite liked it. Visually pretty to look at with an attractive cast. The story is way out there, but anyone who's seen this director's work before knows what to expect - weirdness.
If you like a conventional storyline or are homophobic, you're probably better to avoid this, but those who like something a little different may find this interesting.
Matheus C

Super Reviewer

June 23, 2011
A really trippy gay movie on acid that, while doesn't completely set all its cilinders on fire, delivers 90 minutes of near mindless stilish fun.
Liam G

Super Reviewer

August 4, 2011
This film is flat out insane. I have a lot of problems with it, the main one being that it doesn't know whether it wants to be a sex comedy or a science fiction thriller. In the second half of ''Kaboom'', director Gregg Araki abandons the whole aspect of it being a sex comedy and turns it into something completely different. Also, it doesn't flow in any kind of coherent or smooth fashion and doesn't find any rhythm. That being said, it is very ambitious and has a lot going for it. The performances are decent, the direction is solid and the story, despite turning 360 degrees in the second half, proves pretty interesting throughout. It's also got a cool soundtrack going for it as well. ''Kaboom'' almost gets away with some of its massive problems, just by how different and somewhat crazy it is.
stevenecarrier
stevenecarrier

Super Reviewer

June 3, 2011
The one thing you need to know before viewing "Kaboom" is that writer/director Gregg Araki is a pop artist. He is not always concerned with narrative cinema and neither should you when watching his work. "Kaboom" is a kinetic, funny and involving pop spectacle. The plot (a return to his 'teenage apocalypse' formate from the 90s) is jumpy, interesting and meaningless all at once. "Kaboom" has some fun, beautiful looking actors in a fun, beautiful looking movie. Expect to be disorientated, turned on and turned around because that's what Araki is best at- images, sex and angst.
Jose C

Super Reviewer

May 2, 2011
This is a very entertaining, but also extremely bizarre gay-surreal-fantasy/coming-of-age tale of sexual exploration and the end of the world... among other things. The stars are appealing, the visuals colorful and the dialogue sharp and sometimes, hilarious. Worth a look for film buffs.
Jeff T

Super Reviewer

February 10, 2011
Gregg Araki gets a pass for ever and always for the truly wonderful MYSTERIOUS SKIN. That pass means I'll see whatever he makes. It does not, however, mean I have to like it. His latest, KABOOM, is a pretty mess - full of teen sex of every shape and size, cosmic foofiness and an the-end-is-coming looniness that wants to be fun but is mostly just ridiculous. It also features the enormously appealing Thomas Dekker in the central role, and he buys the increasingly goofy script tons of goodwill, but in the end, not quite enough. At 86 minutes it feels too long, and there are tedious patches that not even near-naked (or completely naked) sex-starved teens can cure. And I thought that could cure anything.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

February 3, 2011
In "Kaboom," Smith(Thomas Dekker, of "The Sarah Connor Chronicles), a college freshman, has been having the same dream every night where he sees people from his life, including two women he does not recognize. If that did not keep him up at night, his roommate Thor(Chris Zylka) bringing women back to the room most certainly would. That does not stop Chris from having a crush on him and his mighty hammer, though. At least, Smith's best friend, Stella(Haley Bennett), is not as sad, hooking up with Lorelei(Roxane Mesquida) at a party. Lorelei is also one of the unknown women from his dream. The other dreamgirl(Nicole LaLiberte) pukes on his shoes, forcing him to go to the bathroom to get cleaned up where he is propositioned by London(Juno Temple).

Written and directed by Gregg Araki, "Kaboom" is first and foremost wicked fun. As has been mentioned elsewhere, Araki is depicting college as a first taste of freedom away from parents to explore all sorts of things, especially sexuality and drugs.(Keeping with the educational themes, there is a tutorial on cunnilingus. Pay attention. There will be a quiz later, guys.) For a while, I was concerned the movie was getting close to "Donnie Darko" territory but "Kaboom" is a whole different kind of crazy altogether. There is a question of what's real and not, but after a while, I stopped caring and just relaxed. However, the movie could have found a better place to end which happens suddenly after wrapping up all 42 plot strands at once while moving at 80 miles per hour.
John B

Super Reviewer

April 7, 2011
Having been disappointed with previous Araki films, I was expecting a let down with Kaboom but was surprised. This movie is as original as it is brightly coloured. Terribly imaginative and well cast.
Alec B

Super Reviewer

September 3, 2011
Its like some bizarre cross between 'Donnie Darko' and the dialogue of 'Juno' with cast compromised of nothing but people who have bodies chiseled from marble. It has moments but overall it pretentiousness is undeserved and the ending is stupid . . . so, so stupid.
Mike T

Super Reviewer

December 12, 2010
Visual flair, a talented cast and a great soundtrack cannot save Araki's directionless script and misguided execution. Very disappointing.
Danny R

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2010
Director Gregg Araki's latest film "Kaboom" is a unhinged, candy-colored gonzo teen sex fantasy and apocalyptic cult thriller. It can also be described as a engaging acid-trip, a crazy combination of Twin Peaks, Donnie Darko and The X-Files, with some truly funny scenes, and some eerie ones that has to be seen to be believed. It concerns the sexual exploits of a handsome perpetually horny, and awkward 18-year-old bi-sexual college freshman named Smith, played by Thomas Dekker in a solid performance who spends his days fantasizing and lusting after the object of his affection, his hot and frequently naked, dumb as a log, heterosexual surfer roommate, Thor, well played by Chris Zylka and hanging out with his best friend a sassy lesbian named Stella, nicely played by Haley Bennett. Strange things begin to happened when people in Smith's recurring dream begin to show up in real life, Men wearing animal masks start stalking him, and there is a subplot about a murderous cult trying to bring an end to the world, in between the lesbian witches, crazy animal-mask wearing cultists, and a college campus populated by promiscuous teens who spend all their time having lots of sex, both gay and straight and everything in between. Director Araki has brilliantly captured a real 1980s kitsch feel to this very strange but amusing film, which is without a doubt not for the ultra-conservative or homophobic crowd. So if you appreciate the bizarre, i think you will have a hell of a good time with quirky film. Highly recommended.
Sylvester K

Super Reviewer

January 22, 2013
Kaboom is a sci-fi coming of age sex comedy. I love the direction style, costumes, set design, dialogues. It's so sexually explicit, drug filled, comic and meaningful. Kinda like a mixture of Donnie Darko and Mysterious Skin. I love how unconventional this film really is.
DrStrangeblog
DrStrangeblog

Super Reviewer

November 7, 2012
I don't know what it is about Gregg Araki, no matter the movie his lead characters are always such frakking morons. Maybe that's his 'signature' but sure doesn't win me over. This is another exercise in style which can be diverting for a period of, oh, about 5 minutes before the colorful high dissipates and we're left in the company of a collection of drab college kids in a completely muddled mystery with homoerotic overtones. This is the second straight indie shitfest I've seen with the winsome Juno Temple made within the past 2 years - girl, you've got to get yourself a more discerning agent.

Credit where due: at least Araki usually chooses good music, for Kaboom the score was composed by dreamscape expert Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins.
January 9, 2014
Quite a fun little excursion into the pan-sexual world of Gregg Araki, this one has a certain Dan Clowes feeling to it, in that it's humorous and somewhat down to earth, but there's a lot of dark fantasy or horror elements peeping in from the edges of the screen, just out of your line of sight.

Well worth a rental, definitely reminded me of some indie comics work form the mid '90s at times, in a really fun way.
Hamee
November 1, 2011
This movie was insanely good. I loved the characters in this movie and the ending was brilliant. It definitely isn't a movie for everyone, but people with an appreciation for the wacky and slightly out there will enjoy this one.
July 27, 2011
i really wanted 2 like this flashy trashy campy 20 something angst/drama with a mysterious murder thrown in with mixed results, not as good as his early stuff but still fun 2 look at.
greyhound109
July 2, 2011
A bisexual college kid fantasizes about his straight roomate, fucks the most beautiful girl ever (Juno Temple, of course), and wheels a gay guy. Meanwhile, his lesbian best friend Stella fucks a psychopathic supernatural witch. Occasionally we see the roomate fucking chicks too, and there's also a scene where the roomate's friend fucks Juno Temple (bastard). So take all this sex and give it a plot...a plot that has nothing to do with sex. The movie is a supernatural cult mystery...yeah. I think the movie could've actually worked if it had a plot about like love triangles or sex or something, cuz it had tons of fuel for it. But it goes and tries to be a thriller, it's like it's trying to appeal to the young adult audience in all the places young adults like; except they don't realize it won't work when you jam all of it together. And then the ending is like the screenwriters finally realized the whoe movie is a fuck-up and decided what more can they do but surrender and fuck themselves in the ass (figuratively) by writing the ending they did. What did the movie do right? Let me give you a hint: I LOVE JUNO TEMPLE
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