The Doom Generation

More in-your-face aggression from American independent Gregg Araki (The Living End)a road movie, a romantic triangle (James Duval, Rose McGowan, and Johnathon Schaech playing three goof-offs on the run), and loads of stylized violence (1995). Describing itself in the opening credits as a heterosexual moviemainly because the three lead characters at least profess to be straight, unlike those in Araki’s preceding featuresthis is still very much about homoerotic desire, often given a hysterical edge by the pop expressionism of Araki’s visual style. Striking to look at, though often offensively opportunistic, this mainly comes across as a throwaway shocker with energy to spare. There’s not much thought in evidence though. (JR)

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