Kaboom is a teen drama mixed with apocalyptic
themes about Smith (Thomas Dekker) who is sort of gay, sort of not, who
has a dream that is about to foreshadow his future. In the meantime, he
has a crush on the dopey surfer roommate and at a party, meets London
(Juno Temple), whom he sleeps with and becomes fuck buddies with. His best
friend Stella (Haley Bennett) has a new girlfriend Lorelei (Roxane
Mesquida) who has mysterious powers, but is also one of the unidentified
girls in his dream. The other unidentified girl is a red-haired girl who
first throws up on his shoes and then is found in her underwear running
away from men in animal masks and then murdered in front of Smith. Or so
On his 19th birthday, Smith's dream begins to
make sense and he could be the saviour of the world.
Ah, Gregg Araki, still making films that feature
the hot bods of both teen boys and girls. He was the shit when I was
college age and nothing much has seemed to changed over the last 20 years,
still making films where shit just happens, still with dreadful dialogue.
Oh, it's still a lot of fun, even if the ending to this film is so
ridiculous that you'll be scratching your head trying to work it out (and
if you have worked it out, please tell me, I'm still baffled as to why
everyone is interconnected).
And as I said above, there's always the hot bods
and there's a fair share of both in the film. But, if you were to tell me
that there was a film where new faves Juno Temple, Haley Bennett and one
of my fave French actresses Roxane Mesquida were to get naked in the one
film, well, well... it's happened so enjoy!
Haley Bennett captures
Roxanne Mesquida collages:
Juno Temple collages: