Indie veteran Gregg Araki returns to the spotlight with KABOOM, a hyper-stylized Twin Peaks for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super-hot young cast. The film is a wild, sex-drenched, comical thriller that tells the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. KABOOM will make its US premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is writer/director Araki's eighth film there since his breakthrough The Living End, including The Doom Generation to his masterpiece Mysterious Skin. The film stars Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Andy Fischer-Price, James Duval and Kelly Lynch.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The fact that the characters spout snappy, profane dialogue while all this is, or isn't, going on around them is more "fun" than fun; Araki's like the too-drunk guy who won't go home when the party's over.Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times, 03.22.2011
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 04.08.2011
"Kaboom'' is currently having all the sex other American comedies are too shy and too commercial for.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 03.03.2011
The film is Araki's most ambitious to date, with a quick pace, music that's hip and cool and a mood that alternates between playful and eccentric.Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 04.08.2011