The Doom Generation
(1995) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Let me start off with a summary from the video box:
This is the story about
this hot chick and her loser boyfriend that begins one night at a
nightclub where they listen to techno music. So anyway, they leave the
club only to have this bleeding dude jump into the back of their car.
The chick curses a lot and they visit many fast food restaurants, rob
a convenience store and meet up with people.
Anyway, in the end, they all become
way more than friends and wind up being chased by a bunch of crazy
neo-nazi jocks who want to kill them when all they want to do is
to ride off smoothly into the sunset eating Doritos.
Well, there you have it. What more is
there to say?
That summary did
miss some tiny details:
- They kill pretty much everyone they run into.
- In between killings, they stop and have sex in all
- At their food stops, the always spend exactly $6.66
- The three main characters are named (Xavier) Red,
(Jordan) White, and (Amy) Blue.
- It's supposed to be some kind of exaggeration of
our corrupt society, ala Natural Born Killers. The landscape is
populated with radioactive waste and such, the fast-food joints are
neon hells populated by people in grotesque costumes. You get the
Rose McGowan shows her breasts in several scenes,
including a bathtub scene in excellent light.
She also shows her bum, but briefly, and in
It seems to be posing as ultra-hip and above it all,
but is actually nothing more than a mindlessly violent road trip
movie. It really doesn't have any redeeming elements. The acting is
very poor from two of the three leads. The storyline is filled with
obvious symbolism (see above). There is no point. The
characterizations are supposed to be some sorts of archetypes rather
than real people. The dialogue is howlingly bad. There are no
characters to like. The scenes are generally underlit. And the few
moments that could have been competent are ruined with sophomoric
exaggeration or pretension. The score is techno-punk. Do I need to go
The Doom Generation
did sort of establish Rose McGowan as her generation's "rebel without
a clue". Rosie established a wicked character in this film that had a
certain underground anti-establishment cult appeal. Her famous tag
line was, "eat my fuck", whatever that means. I guess it means "I
don't know anything about anything, but I know I don't like what I
have now". She developed something of a following among the goths, but
that was seven years ago, and her career has progressed only fitfully.
- with their dollars: it grossed a quarter
of a million in the USA.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a D. It is a poorly written, poorly acted, poorly filmed
movie, but some people enjoyed the sheer nihilism of it.
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