Feb 5, 2008

The Doom Generation


Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation is a hilarious apocalyptic road film. It is also probably the only road film to feature a young man jerking off then swallowing his seed. The number 666 is seen throughout the film in tribute to the all mighty Lucifer (probably a wuss CEO in real life). I guess you could say that The Doom Generation is a ride through hell. I just hope that if hell on earth occurs it will include talking decapitated Asian convenience store clerks heads.

Rose McGowan stars as a tough and brutal sex vixen. Her performance in the film is very personal to me as she reminds me of my ladylove. Its rare to find a girl that is both extremely beautiful yet aggressive. She is a woman that knows how to take control, even if she can’t seem to control herself.

Gregg Araki is no doubt one sick individual. He’s obsessed with sexual perversion and death in way that plays like a sitcom (obviously his intent). The Doom Generation has been compared to hack liar Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. I find it very offensive as Oliver Stone’s film should only be compared to Nike commercials.

My only complaint with The Doom Generation is the castration and death of the films pathetic romantic Jordan. His death was quite tragic as he had a quality to him of innocence (despite his many vices). Many know the actor that played Jordan (James Duval) as Frank from Donnie Darko. This fellow seems to die in a lot movies.

Araki’s style has evolved a great deal since his earlier films. I felt that Mysterious Skin was his best film. He is one of the few directors that is still able to disturb me. I will make it a goal of mine to view Araki’s entire film lexicon. The American auteur is a rarity.

-Ty E


Anonymous said...

This film tried too hard to offend and falls flat. Good review though.

Soiled Sinema said...

I see what you are saying, but the film just was like the trip itself, wacky and perverse.