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Kalamity (DVD Review)

1 Feb, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 2/8/11
Screen Media
$24.98 DVD
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.

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