Monday, June 10, 2013

The Doom Generation (1995)

Number Rolled: 54
Movie Name/Year: The Doom Generation (1995)
Genre: Independent Movie
Length: 71 minutes
Rating: UR
Director: Gregg Araki
Writer: Gregg Araki
Actors: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech, Cress Williams, Dustin Nguyen, Margaret Cho, Lauren Tewes, Christopher Knight, Nicky Katt, Perry Farrell, Amanda Bearse, Parker Posey, Heidi Fleiss

After watching the entirety of this movie I can honestly say I still have no idea what it was about. You would think that even a movie as short as this one was, would make its point clear by the end. The problem is, this movie had no interest in making its meaning clear. In fact, the director seemed to only be interested in throwing more symbolism at us than we get in the Wingdings font.

The entire movie was about drugs, sex, murder and castration; but none of it seemed to actually be linked in any significant way. By the end of the movie I was waiting for that spectacular pay off that had to be coming that would link it all together and… nothing. The ending answered nothing. It was just comprised of even more horribly annoying abstract symbolism and a dab of the subtle political shoved down my throat. I don’t mind movies with a message or a political stance, but if it’s going to be shoved into me, I expect the director to at least buy me dinner first.

There were maybe three two minute long scenes that were bearable – but mostly because I was staring at James Duval trying to remember where I’d seen him before (SLC Punk!). I could have gone my entire life without ever watching this movie.

Overall Opinion – .5/5

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