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USA/France 2010
produced by
Gregg Araki, Pascal Chauheteux, Andrea Sperling, Sebastian Lemercier (executive), Jonathan Schwartz (executive) for Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Wild Bunch, Super Crispy Entertainment, The Next World
directed by Gregg Araki
starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple, Andy Fischer-Price, Nicole LaLiberte, Jason Olive, James Duval, Brennan Mejia, Kelly Lynch, Carlo Mendez, Christine Nguyen, Sean Bresnahan
written by Gregg Araki, music by Robin Guthrie, Vivek Maddala, Mark Peters, Ulrich Schnauss

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Smith (Thomas Dekker) is 18 years old, is in his first year in college, and he's got some problems: He's openly gay but in love with his openly straight surfer dude roommate Thor (Chris Zylka), he's constantly horny even though he has sex on a more than regular basis with a few men and even a girl, promiscuous London (Juno Temple) - oh, and he has this recurring weird dream that seems to be the basis of some mystery, a dream that also features two women he is only about to meet, Lorelei (Roxane Mesquida), the girlfriend of her best friend Stella (Haley Bennett), who'll eventually turn out to be a witch, and the red haired girl (Nicole LaLiberte), whose murder at the hands of three men in anmimal masks he will eventually witness.

Witnessing the murder (high on drugs, so he's not quite sure it wasn't an illusion) opens a whole new chapter in Smith's life, because now he and Stella are desperately trying to find out what had actually happened, and how it all ties in with his dream. And what does it have to do with Smith's presumed dead father? And his mother (Kelly Lynch)? And a secret society called The New Order?

Eventually, Smith finds himself pursued by the men in animal masks, and he finds the red-haired girl, who turns out to be the dead girl's twin sister, and who tells him sis has been abducted by men in animal masks at an early age, and since been an agent of the order turned double agent.

The decisive clues though come from Smith's female fuckfriend London, who tells him Smith's dad is actually the order's leader and he's preparing for doomsday. Smith though is the chosen one who will lead the new world after nuclear destruction, and she was sent to watch over him but has turned against her people when she fell in love with him. She also turns out to be his own half-sister.

The whole thing ends with Smith, London and mom being kidnapped by three men in animal masks, which turn out to be Thor and two of Smith's fuckbuddies, Stella racing to the rescue, a carcrash and the total destruction of earth ...


A cool film that carelessly and light-footedly mixes teen comedy, coming of age drama, murder mystery, science fiction of the conspiracy theory variety and whatnot to a weird blend with more than a few nods to David Lynch ... and thast's exactly where the film falls a tad short: While Lynch always knows how to put his labyrinthine narratives in a fascinating aesthetic framework, director Gregg Araki flat-out fails to put his story into a proper visual context, pretty much fails to show any kind of directorial inventiveness or brilliance at all. Now this doesn't sink the movie, it's still a rather cool and entertaining flick, but far from the masterpiece it could have been had more care been put in the film's actual direction.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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