Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode) (2008)
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Director Gerardo Naranjo transplants the myth of the last romantic couple to upper middle-class Mexico City with this vital and hectic tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang himself on-stage at the big talent show. Maru is the sole member of the audience to applaud, earning both students a day
Sep 1, 2008 Wide
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The small, sometimes confusing movie is a knowing homage to Jean-Luc Godard.
I'm Gonna Explode dramatizes even as it demonstrates the maxim that you can't go home again.
The title of the film promises something revolutionary, but all we get, aesthetically and thematically, are second-gen hand-me-downs.
The jazzy jump cuts and dissolves and cutesy imagery of the opening give way to long talks in a pup tent about what really bothers kids today.
Engrossing in parts, Naranjo does a decent job of transposing his source material.
Anger, rebellion, romance and despair are the keynotes of this freewheeling if self-conscious picture.
Naranjo strikes a nice balance between recognising the couple's naivety and honouring their romanticism, but when, in the film's later stages, they leave the rooftop behind, the plot meanders.
This confused film has its moments, but they are fewer than its longueurs.
If ultimately little more than an extended riff on Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot Le Fou, the startling vistas, sexual awakenings and a storming soundtrack ensure it's never dull.
It wastes the breathless pacing and nihilistic promise of the gripping opening scenes by becoming mired in unfocused melodrama and cliché. Where the project excels, though, is in the intimate camerawork and naturalistic performances.
I'm Gonna Explode never quite explodes but it sets up a potent, sometimes funny, opposition between domestic complacency and youthful rejection, and a slow-burning love story that draws you in.
Naranjo tells his story like a real film-maker, refusing either sentiment or melodrama. But Godard looms large over the whole, as if Naranjo has digested so many classics that he isn't quite able to do his own thing without copious references.
Gritty and unpredictable, this Mexican teen drama has a terrific sense of pitch black comedy and some fiercely strong performances. But it's so grim that it leaves us a bit cold.
It sort of works by virtue of the fact that his protagonists repeatedly look to the past in their frustration with the present. Still, that perhaps says more about Naranjo than the youth of today.
Shot in the jerky, jolting fashion that is the default setting of so much television and cinema aimed at younger viewers, it's actually too familiar.
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