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Kaboom (4 stars)

Cult director Gregg Araki returns to his B-movie roots with comedy-sci-fi-horror

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Cult director Gregg Araki returns to his B-movie roots with comedy-sci-fi-horror Kaboom

(15) 86min

Cult director Gregg Araki (The Living End, Mysterious Skin), one of the leading figures in the New Queer Cinema of the 90s, returns to the style of his earlier work for Kaboom, a gloriously trashy, insane ride of a film that wears its B-movie influences on its sleeve.

Smith (Thomas Dekker) is a college student in California. His life involves hanging out with his quick-witted best friend Stella (Haley Bennett) and lusting after his surfer roommate Thor (Chris Zylka). After one surreal night, things take a bizarre turn and he begins to be plagued by a series of strange events leading him to believe that he is at the centre of a giant conspiracy.

As only the best directors succeed in doing, Araki creates his own distinct world, one of beautiful, hip people, witty dialogue and dreamlike happenings. There is also sex, lots of it (something that won’t surprise fans of the filmmaker). Kaboom is a riot of wild plot developments which send the film careering from one unexpected scenario to the next, taking its viewers on an increasingly crazy journey. It might not make a whole lot of sense, but for those willing to jump aboard and go with it, it’s unbridled fun.

Selected release from Fri 10 Jun. See profile.

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Kaboom

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US/France
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gregg Araki
  • Written by: Gregg Araki
  • Cast: Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett, Roxane Mesquida, James Duval

Smith (Dekker) is a college student in California who lusts after his surfer roommate Thor (Zylka). One night, things take a bizarre turn and he begins to believe he is at the centre of a giant conspiracy. Unbridled fun.

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