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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 of detention. After bonding during the course of their punishment, Román and Maru grab daddy's gun, steal a Volkswagen, and hit the road bound for nowhere.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gerardo Naranjo
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On DVD: Apr 12, 2010
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

This is mostly an unusual and imaginative, if overlong, love story.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The small, sometimes confusing movie is a knowing homage to Jean-Luc Godard.

August 14, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

I'm Gonna Explode dramatizes even as it demonstrates the maxim that you can't go home again.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

The title of the film promises something revolutionary, but all we get, aesthetically and thematically, are second-gen hand-me-downs.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Engrossing in parts, Naranjo does a decent job of transposing his source material.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode)

½

Even though it features some great dialogue, especially as Maru (María Deschamps) narrates, this darkly comic Mexican take on teen angst makes for a really dull, self-important film. I was a teenager too, not so long ago, but I really can't identify with the "issues" of the protagonists. They're not troubled souls, as the film desperately wants you to believe, they're just whiny and immature brats. Frankly, a whole movie about Román's (Juan Pablo de Santiago) parents, played by Daniel Giménez Cacho and Rebecca Jones, would have been much better. Their presence, along with the strikingly beautiful cinematography, are the only worthy aspects of this so-called drama. In the end, I was almost tired from rolling my eyes so much. And they criticize me for not believing in Mexican cinema...

½

The movie has all the elements to make a great story, it looks great and has some very beautiful moments of true honesty where you conncect in a fantastically painful way with its characters - the problem is that there aren't enough of those moments and most of the time the characters are actually quite fucking stupid and annoying.

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Quinto Wallight

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Such a unique premise - two troubled teens "running away" by hiding on the roof of one of their houses. Obviously, this situation makes for plenty of entertaining and humorous moments, and the seclusion is also perfect for a first love to blossom in a way that comes across as very natural. So the movie is appropriately lighthearted at first, as these kids arenât in any real danger, but it takes a darker turn when they begin to look inward and realize that neither running nor hiding will solve their problems. At this point, I began to get a heavy foreboding feeling, and despite how shocking and devastating the ending still is, I really got the sense that there was ultimately no avoiding it.

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