Spontaneous is completely and utterly bizarre, but at the same time heartwarming and deep. A must watch movie that just might surprise you.
The poster for Spontaneous calls it “an explosive love story” and that is pretty accurate. It is bizarre, crazy, and downright insane at times but at its core, it really is a love story. One that touches on so many different levels – loving yourself, loving others, and loving life. How can a movie that is literally about teenagers spontaneously exploding for an unknown reason be so good, and on some level, deep? I don’t know honestly, but Spontaneous pulls it off.
This movie starts with a high school senior exploding in class – and no one knows why. By the way when I say exploding, I mean “POP” like a balloon. If you know me, you know I love gore, so this was pretty amazing to see. Every single time a kid goes pop I would giggle to myself because yea, it is cool every time it happens. It never gets old.
Spontaneous kept me guessing throughout the entire film. Sure, I wanted to know why these kids were randomly exploding, but I also was curious who was going to be next. And I was completely and utterly falling in love with Mara and Dylan and their relationship. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer are both so fantastic in their roles. There was so much chemistry on screen that it makes me wonder if there was any off screen as well.
Hayley Law (who I adored in Altered Carbon) plays Mara’s best friend, Tess. Besides the fact that we basically have the same name, there were many reasons to love this character. She is Mara’s rock from the beginning and sticks by her through this whole crazy situation.
Of course there is going to be some tension at some point, or is this even really a movie, but ultimately I loved their friendship. Watching it made me miss my really miss my friends that I cannot see or hug in real like right now because of this crazy world.
This movie has a pretty epic soundtrack. The songs chosen perfectly escalated each and every scene they were a part of. I was sucked into this world and the songs brought out all sorts of emotions in me. Sometimes they made me feel overwhelmingly happy, and sometimes I was completely devastated.
There are some small political jabs at Trump and the Republican party which I could not help but laugh at. However, if you affiliate yourself with that party, I don’t think that it will bother you or take away from the movie. Like it said, they are subtle, for the most part.
One of my favorite parts of the entire movie is when Kathrine Langford’s character, Mara, asked Charlie Plummer’s character, Dylan, to tell her about when he knew he liked her. His story is done in a flashback sequence, sort of. Basically he walks through the moments he knew, narrating them. At one point Mara even sort of breaks the fourth wall and hits the camera. I thought that was brilliantly done and it was a joy to watch.
Some of my other favorite cinematic moments are whenever a student explodes, they show them getting their school photo taken. The reason I liked this so much is because you felt like this was a way to look at who they really were. The moment leading up to them sitting down in the chair, how they would position themselves, how they would smile. I see what the director was doing there and I absolutely loved it.
Spontaneous is a crazy off the wall concept of a movie, that is actually really, really good. I was hooked from the first few minutes because, as I said above, a kid literally explodes. If that doesn’t start a movie off right, then I don’t know what would.
This movie clocks in at about an hour and forty minutes and honestly, that flew by for me. I couldn’t believe it was over when it ended. Even though I wanted more, I have to admit, it was a pretty perfect ending. Mara narrates it and when I tell you she is brutally honest, she is.
There is no sugar coating this crazy film and what she just went through. She starts to explain lessons that should be learned and cuts herself off with some choice words. I was smiling ear to ear and wanted to cheer her on because you know what, she’s right. I won’t tell you the last few lines of the film because I want you to experience it for yourself — but you will know what I mean when you watch it.
Mara Carlye’s life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explode for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like blood-filled balloons and the town descends into both chaos and apathy, Mara and her friends stay close together as they await possible combustion – wondering what part of life is worth living if it might end suddenly.
STARRING | Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji, Hayley Law, with Rob Huebel and Piper Perabo
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Spontaneous will be shown in select theaters starting October 2nd.
Spontaneous will be available via video-on-demand and digital purchase on October 6th!