January 28, 2011


Colesmithey.comNew Queer Cinema progenitor Gregg Araki backslides into remedial artsy filmmaking with a poorly conceived story about the end of the world.

At the ectoplasmic center of Araki's college campus-set story is freshman bi-sexual-cult-of-personality Smith (Thomas Dekker). He's nothing more than a low-fidelity alter ego of Keanu's character in "The Matrix."

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Ambiguous and ambivalent Smith hangs out with his lesbian buddy Stella (Haley Bennett) when he isn't having weird visions/nightmares of attackers dressed in animal-head masks.

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Stella has her own problems with a witchy girlfriend she wants to shake. Smith thinks he witnesses a girl being murdered, but no corpse is ever found.

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Our mouth-agape protagonist gets lucky in the sack with a pansexual British student chic named London, and a with hunky nude sunbather named Hunter when he isn't preening like a confused poster-boy for some unnamed bi-sexual movement. If you're looking for a quick guide to sophomoric humor and slang, "Kaboom" delivers a crash course. Araki shoots the film like a sub-B-movie.

Critique : Kaboom (Gregg Araki)

The DIY production values are just crappy enough to make any able-bodied teenager think they too can be a filmmaker.That alone might just be the film's one saving grace.

 Not Rated R. 109 mins.

2 Stars


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