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KABOOM

SYNOPSIS:
Smith's (Thomas Dekker) everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella (Haley Bennett), hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London (Juno Temple), lusting for his handsome but dim surfer roommate Thor (Chris Zylka) - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
There are any number of ways you could describe Kaboom, but they all boil down to its core premise: a crazy 'college kids' sex fantasy with horror and sci fi elements possibly written and directed while on illicit substances, aimed largely at the niche audience of gay Gregg Araki fans under 25.

Since I don't fit that demographic at all, my own take is at arm's length. I see a wild cinematic imagination filling up the void on the screen with in your face (and anywhere else on your body) sex, hyped characters on and off drugs and some fantasy and supernatural elements which may or may not be part of the reality of our characters. Like the three men wearing masks who attack Smith (Thomas Dekker) and his lady companion in the park.

This isn't a spoiler but to give you a sense of the film's tone, I can advise that Lorelei (Roxanne Mesquida) is a witch.

But then the setting is a Southern Californian High School, where anything and anyone goes. Like when Smith goes to a nude beach - for the first time - to clear his head. Well, whatever works, I guess.

Half way through, the film flips into quite a different movie, in which a secret apocalyptic cult, connected to Smith in soap opera style ... but I won't spoilt it. You may want to see it.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

KABOOM (MA)
(France/US, 2010)

CAST: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker, James Duval, Juno Temple, Andy Fischer-Price, Brandy Futch, Nicle LaLiberte, Natalie Alyn Lind, Kelly Lynch, Chris Zylka

PRODUCER: Gregg Araki, Sebastien Lemercier, Andrea Sperling

DIRECTOR: Gregg Araki

SCRIPT: Gregg Araki

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sandra Valde-Hansen

MUSIC: Robin Guthrie, Vivek Maddala

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Todd Fielsted

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hopscotch

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 31, 2011







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