Kalamity (DVD Review)1 Feb, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language including sexual references, and some violent content.
Stars Nick Stahl, Jonathan Jackson, Alona Tal, Beau Garrett.
Love, like war, often has much collateral damage — both real and imagined.
In dark effort Kalamity, two college-age friends reconnoiter in their North Virginia hometown — both in the thralls of post-traumatic stress from female relationships gone awry.
Sensitive Billy (Nick Stahl from Terminator 3 and “Carnivàle”) is home after ending a five-year relationship with Alice (former Guess model Beau Garrett, who appears in the recent Tron: Legacy) — a reality so raw he still engages in imaginary conversations with her in person and over the phone.
Long-time friend Stanley (Jonathan Jackson from “General Hospital”) never left town and now installs audio systems in cars — all the while nursing increased hostility toward women (“They have all the power,” he moans) after girlfriend Ashley (Alona Tal) moves on to Plan B and then not so mysteriously disappears.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who’s responsible for the girl’s fate. But it does take stereotypical nerd-buddy Christian (Christopher Clark, boyhood friend of director James Hausler) to put two and two together while Billy convalesces in the brooding background.
Christian, who’s never had a girlfriend due to the fact he still wears clothes his mom buys for him, notices the blood on Stanley’s hand and his roommate’s circumstantial inconsistencies. Slow-motion Billy can’t seem to grasp the severity of Stanley’s downward spiral — despite his references to the Columbine shootings and rising misogyny — partially the result of his own inner demons.
There’s no happy ending in Kalamity or justification for the (largely unseen) self-pitying violence, despite repeated flashbacks that foreshadow the impending doom.
A date flick it is not.