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Kaboom [DVD]

Thomas Dekker , Juno Temple , Gregg Araki    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett
  • Directors: Gregg Araki
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050ZP6LS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 year-old Smith s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Believing that he witnessed a murder whilst tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies, Smith is led deeper and deeper into a mystery that will not only change his young life but the destiny of the entire world.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Yes the one everybody was talking about, for about five minutes anyway, as always hype often leads to disappointment and some certainly felt that way. It has taken me a while to get to see it, but I am glad that I did.

This is about Smith (Thomas Dekker), he hangs out at college with his lesbian, best friend Stella (Haley Bennett) who has more one liners than a night club comedian. He starts to have seemingly real dreams and surreal dreams that start to be portentous. He also has the hots for his surf, dude room mate Thor (Chris Zylka) who is boringly straight despite an over zealous attitude to self preening and finding most things in life to be `rad'.

We also have his mom involved with a seemingly sub plot and his dead father having some strange predilections and a liking of animal masks. As things become stranger the dreams intermingle with reality and get very complicated very quickly.

This has been billed as a sort of gay comedy, sci fi, horror movie. It has one gay guy and a lesbian, a lot of clever humour and a touch of sureality that could be seen as sci fi, and I did not find it horrific at all. It is a fast paced, often funny, quite stylish thriller but for all the contradictions it really works.

It is aimed at the younger theatre going public and has a run time of 86 minutes, but most of those are well used, there are some sexy moments but this is not one of those `top shelf' productions that you would need to hide when the Maiden Aunt came to call. It is well made, filmed, acted and paced and no matter what age you are you should find something to hold your interest. Dekker is particularly good, but Haley Bennett definitely gets all the best lines especially with her bunny boiler, witch girlfriend, recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lynchian dumpster.... 7 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
Smith's everyday life in college consists of: hanging out with his artsy, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, and lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor

But it all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night, when a reoccurring dream becomes a bleak reality, and he starts having visions of a dystopian nature.

Araki movies are an acquired taste, you either get them and appreciate their beauty, or you get on the bandwagon of people who cannot stomach certain things and dismiss it as rubbish.

Out of all the Araki movies, this has to be his most accessible, and it's very intriguing from beginning to end. The opening shot is very reminiscent of something that David Lynch would do, and the film does have a very Mulholland Drive feel about it.

As his films do, it gets very bonkers toward the end, and you do have to suspend belief come the very end, but the film has such a cool laid back lizard feel to it, that you cannot help but get sucked in to his vision.

Not all will appreciate his work, but I really enjoyed this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I doubt anyone has a clue 9 Aug 2014
Format:DVD
Just a film review. I got the feeling that the ending as it is was the only thing that could have happened. I think the director lost the plot at the beginning, if there ever was one, therefore ending it with absolutely no real point. This means that the film is really worthless as a story. Sure some people think there's sexual identity issues addressed but you can do that with a documentary. Don't waste peoples time with a film that has no point. It's really all over the place, yes like this review perhaps, but maybe that's the point of this review? Don't do it...............
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Donnie Darko on Viagra?? 8 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
That's how 'Kaboom' is billed on the DVD. I watched it, premiered on Film 4 last night.

Initially I rather liked it, the striking design, the casual attitudes to almost everything and the dialogue. Especially the catty one-liners. I'm not familiar with this director and on the strength of this one movie, I'm not in a particular hurry to explore further, however.

I realise that it's intended to be a surreal cult film and where it falls to pieces is where it starts to mess with your head, as it's just non-sensical and frankly, silly. I also realise that I'm not in the probable intended audience, age-wise. People running around in pig-headed masks just don't grab me, I'm afraid.

The liberal, mixed sex scenes were both interesting and fun and the attitude that good sex is just that, refreshing. Most of the young cast play their parts well, especially Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett and Juno Temple. I did watch it all and there were many good points and I enjoyed much of it, but ultimately, it's just too way out there.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film. Cult film in the making. 1 April 2011
Format:DVD
I saw Kaboom last night at the opening of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. To be frank, I wasn't sure what to expect as I've never been into queer cinema but I'd hardly call this a queer film. It's much more. More like a hilarious combination of teen coming of age, sex comedy, mystery, horror, sci-fi and apocolypse type film. The director in his introduction to the film said that he set out to create a cult film. I think he definitely succeeded. It took me places I wasn't expecting and I walked out of the theatre thinking the 'That was awesome'.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Treading water and offering nothing new 31 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
Stick with Araki's Nowhere; A film that contained energy, fresh dialogue and a fierce pace. None of which you'll find in Kaboom aka a tired copy of Nowhere.

What a disappointment. While upping the sexual explicitness the director offers nothing new from his previous films. One of the film's serious flaws concerns every scene at the campus café, tired, flat and boring, tons of dialogue yet none of the immediacy of Nowhere's exposition.
I was also intrigued to hear it was filmed in widescreen 2:35:1, but honestly Gregg's out of his depth with such a large canvas, the low budgets of his previous independent gems were well served with tight focus on characters and minimal scenery, here it highlights the director's weaknesses.
It would appear Araki's creativity has dried up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
Saw this on Film 4 a year or so ago!! i had it on my Freeview+ box and thought i want that on my shelf ha ha so bought the DVD great film got better!!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by OwenDavies2
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
This is a movie I have been hunting for and found the company was selling it at a very reasonable price. Will purchase more from them.
Published 15 months ago by Sutherland
1.0 out of 5 stars Donnie Darko on Viagra it is not
Definitely avoid this film at all costs. It tries so hard to be a cult film it's embarrassing. There's not a lot of drugs..there's not a lot of sex.. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by MissZoeAnn
1.0 out of 5 stars Appaling.
The film is absoloutely fantastic. Amazon not. My dvd came in rubbish packaging and when I opened it I found a totally destroyed dvd case. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Cool
Superkewl funky, funny movie that spins your head and fires your b**** Ending's a bummer but as it's surreal hopefully doesn't rule out a follow up - perhaps in a parallel... Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Miketang
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different Araki
This is a significantly changed Araki, and "Kaboom" is nothing like his previous movies ("Nowhere", "Living End" and "Totally F**ked Up"). Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Kurt Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film ...
A very enjoyable moment for oppen minded people ....
BAd hearing people will certainly choose another version because there are not subtitles for them on this DVD ! Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Finity's end
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't rate a single star
This is out on DVD?
Ye Gods. This is a contender for the worst film of all time.
Humour - nil points
Acting - nil points
Sexiness - nil points
Plot - nil... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Mr. Eric J. Charge
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