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Monday, September 24, 2012

Kaboom by Gregg Araki, 2019 (NR)

with Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple, Andy Fischer-Price, James Duval, Nicole LaLiberte, Kelly Lynch, Jason Olive

Lovelorn college student Smith (Thomas Dekker) spends his days hanging with his friend Stella (Haley Bennett) and his nights lusting after his straight roommate Thor (Chris Zylka), until one wild party shatters his world in this comic thriller from edgy director Gregg Araki. After eating drug-laced cookies, Smith witnesses the murder of an enigmatic woman who has haunted his dreams, and he begins a bizarre journey that will determine his future.

If you are looking for a crazy movie leaning towards fear and loathing in Las Vegas, with teenagers and a whole conspiracy, you might go ahead and watch it. If you are not sure about liking it, you will probably hate it, simple as that. I really enjoyed the trailer, psychedelic and witty, which match pretty much the first half of the movie. But then, it turns into a thriller, reinventing the characters for the purpose of continuing the story into something serious, and it fails. It is no more about a teenagers journey into hallucination, which was the original point of the movie. It falls into a traditional dramatization, boring, that "Scary Movie" for example avoided and made a hit from. No good.

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