KABOOM Movie Review
When I sat down to watch KABOOM I didn’t really know anything about it, apart from some of the actors in it. I had purposefully stayed away from the trailer and didn’t read the synopsis, so that I could experience the movie without any prejudgments. And I am so glad I did, because let me tell you Kaboom is quite the trip.
While I don’t want to give away too much, I can tell you this, Kaboom follows Smith (Thomas Dekker), an “ambisexual” 18-year-old college freshman, who while living the “typical college life” in Southern California starts having some weird dreams, which he soon realizes are much more than just typical dreams.
It’s sort of hard to tell you much more about the story without 1) giving anything away and 2) because it’s sort of hard to explain. But just know this, I loved it. Right from the opening dream sequence, I was hooked and literally went “Oh, this is going to be good!”
Kaboom is so many genres into one, it’s a college movie, it’s a conspiracy movie, it’s a thriller movie, and it’s a supernatural movie. And while you’re almost wondering how it could even work, it just does. Probably because of the very strong writing of the script penned by director Gregg Araki.
I will be honest, I had never seen a movie from director/writer Gregg Araki before (although I did hear about Mysterious Skin, but have yet to watch it), but after watching Kaboom, I am definitely going to add some of his movies to my Netflix queue. Not only did I love his writing, but the visuals in the film were pretty damn great. It worked perfectly with the feel of the movie and pulled you right into this bizarre world.
Of course all of this is only made better by the great performances by the cast, more specifically Thomas Dekker and Haley Bennett, who are quite the duo. And let’s not forget Juno Temple, who while I couldn’t figure out if she was supposed to have an American or British accent, was a great addition to the cast. Although a few of the supporting actors were weak compared to these three, they only had a few scenes, which didn’t make it as distracting.
Overall, Kaboom is not like any movie you have seen before, but it is so worth checking out. Although please be warned that because of the unique nature of the movie, it doesn’t follow a conventional storytelling style, and so the ending might not have the closure you have come to expect from movies, but I think that makes it charming.
Kaboom had its world premiere at the 2010 in the Main Selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2010. It also had its U.S. premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Kaboom currently has a theatrical run at the IFC Center in New York City and starting today, February 4th at Landmark’s NuArt Theater in Los Angeles. Additional markets and theaters to follow. In addition, Kaboom is also currently available on IFC On Demand.