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(aka "Voy a explotar" or "I'm Going to Explode" or "I'm Gonna Explode")


directed by  Gerardo Naranjo
Mexico 2008


The boredom and nagging discontent that drive Roman (Juan Pablo de Santiago) and Maru (Maria Deschamps), the fugitive teenage sweethearts in Gerardo Naranjo’s small, jagged melodrama “I’m Gonna Explode,” is palpable enough to make you squirm at the memory of being trapped in the limbo of early adolescence. Roman, the neglected son of a Mexican government official in Guanajuato, has grandiose outlaw fantasies of assassinating authority figures. Maru, who is pretty in an unformed way, latches on to Roman as the catalyst for which she has been waiting to give direction to her empty life. Put these two in a stolen car with a gun, and they turn into Bonnie and Clyde with baby fat.

Excerpt of review from Stephen Holden located HERE


Theatrical Release: June 19th, 2009 (Mexico)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye (Spine # 482) - Region 0 - PAL

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:39:33

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.00 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 or 51)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer
• Other Artificial Eye trailers

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2010
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Although I'm not sure that the ubiquitous "Bonnie and Clyde" comparisons are apt, Gerardo Naranjo's "I'm Gonna Explode" is still a rather unique experience and quite a good film. The film mixes a number of different visual styles, with heavy using of tinting, rapid edits, and so on, but Naranjo also knows when to slow his film down and use a longer, unfiltered take. The two leads, both non-professionals, do an excellent job in their roles and the story doesn't always go where you might be expecting it to. Watching it is certainly a worthwhile experience and one that I would recommend to most.

As I previously said, the director used numerous styles (and I suspect possible stocks as well). The grain structure is quite good, with a highly cinematic look, and you'd be hard pressed to find a single instance of damage in this anamorphic transfer. Again, like the last AE disc that I reviewed, my software identifies the transfer as interlaced, but I couldn't find any evidence of combing. Overall, this is very good transfer, perhaps even better looking than the captures would give the impression.


Like some of their other recent releases, the disc gives you the choice between Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 sound tracks, and there's no doubt that the 5.1 track is the obvious choice. But, neither track has any obvious problems (i.e. background noise like pops, clicks, etc.) and the two respectively sound up to par with the best 2.0 and 5.1 tracks out there. The disc also comes with optional English subtitles that are easily read.

The only extras on the disc are trailers for the film, “Waltz with Bashir”, "Il Divo", “The Class”, and “Fish Tank”. Other than that, the disc is bare.

For those interested in checking out the film, you won't go wrong with this region free release. Those whose systems can't handle PAL, may want to hold off for late September 2010's region 1 release HERE.

  - Brian Montgomery


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