Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode) (2008)
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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.
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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...
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.
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 arenÃ¢t 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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