Super Dark Times 2017
Super Dark Times 2017 is a American drama thriller film directed by Kevin Phillips and starring Owen Campbell and Charlie Tahan.
Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.
Super Dark Times 2017: Life Before the Internet
Teenagers Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence. Not to mention both friends are interested in the same girl (Elizabeth Cappuccino).
Viewers of a certain age and upbringing will latch on to this film almost immediately. This was life in the pre-Internet era, circa 1992, with scrambled pornography on television being the most exciting thing a teenage boy could hope for. Perhaps an older brother will have a sword or some other contraband to show off to your suburban friends and be a hero for a day.
Through this film, we also get a peak at the “nerd” or outcast world, not far removed from the group of kids featured on Netflix’s “Stranger Things”, if we add a few years. Having been a part of that crowd and that generation, the reviewer can confirm that conversations about a prosthetic “hand that cooks steaks” might have been entirely plausible. Interestingly, the outcast world (the reviewer again confirms) has its own tiers. There is more than one kind or level of unpopular, and as we see in “Super Dark Times 2017“, the annoying overweight kid is likely to be looked down upon, even by those already ostracized.
Without giving too much away, let us just say an unfortunate death haunts this small band of outsiders, but what really shows off the cleverness of the script is how they deal with it in different ways. Who will be able to handle the pain and guilt? Who will be eaten up inside? And as the warning signs tart adding up, will anyone notice that this is not all just going to blow over? The acting is top-notch and you have to give these kids credit for tackling such dark material and executing it flawlessly.
The direction is strong, and this really comes through later in the film as we start to feel the pacing gnaw at us (in a good way). There is an incredible use of suspense and tension as the film reaches its climax, and if you find yourself literally on the edge of your seat, you are not alone. The viewer ultimately winds up caring about these kids, and cannot even attempt to look away as things could become worse… or salvation swoops in. It could go either way – you just have to watch and see.
“Super Dark Times 2017” screened on July 13, 2017 at the Fantasia International Film Festival (opening day). There are many strong films this year, as there are every year, but this film really sets the bar high for suspense and thrills. As the festival rolls on, other films will try – and possibly not succeed – in matching that bar.
(Author: gavin6942 – imdb)
Super Dark Times 2017: A Good Weekend Film!
In this movie, which despite being a bit slow and nostalgic, set in the early 90’s, a lot things happens! It’s one of those movies, that makes you think and interact, your head is wondering and trying to know what will happen in the next few minutes.
The teen cast is not to be missed. Failure in some takes but is to be dropped in the taste of the director, in setting a very quiet place, with colors close to sunset at all times and a big air that the place of the film is always cloudy and cold.
The story of the film really happens from the 20 minutes, an introduction of recognition a little too much, but sensible and cohesive!
It really is necessary to pass the “feeling” of the characters for a better understanding of what will happen during the movie! When the film engages and really begins the suspense and tension, the scenes with dozens of dry cuts, make everything more bizarre, and more complicated. At times it reminds me very well of the plot and tension of “Donnie Darko” which makes us think that the director should or may have had some reference in this suspense icon film.
As I mentioned above, the picture of the film is something really impressive, the film has a very interesting environment, as well as the soundtrack that mixes instrumental and backgrounds of the 90’s and 80’s.
Anyway, it’s a good movie, for those who have good patience and enjoy puzzles. The ending is quite “predictable”, but it’s worth it!
(Author: Aaron Mello – imdb)