Super Dark Times (2017)
Critic Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and period detail, Super Dark Times is an effective teen thriller whose true power lies in its approach to deeper themes.
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I wasn't as impressed with the film as some of my fellow audience members, but Kevin Phillips, transitioning from music videos to feature films and from cinematography to directing, has an undeniable eye.
An effective thriller, anchored by great performances and a strong visual language for a debut film.
Both a thriller and meditation on the loss of innocence, Super Dark Times is rich with the minutiae of a bygone era ... but Phillips and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski press hard against the instinct for nostalgia.
[Kevin] Phillips kind of stumbles when he tries for a pat wrap-up of a still-horrific problem. But when he digs into the muck of the rot at the heart of it, he comes up with some unforgettable moments.
A genre film that has things to say about the world in which we live, its emptiness and the chasm between cause and effect.
Audience Reviews for Super Dark Times
Any time a movie looks like it's trying to hit the "Fucked Up Coming of Age Movie" notes, I'm interested. Super Dark Times is perhaps not the grandest example of them all, but it's still a very good one.
One of the little inspected factors of growing up is the curious rivalry between friends, and this story takes a look at that under the microscope of the most extreme of situations: the vying for the affections of a woman. The director keeps things interesting and fresh, aided by decent performances, as a sword (yes, sword like in Conan or Tolkien) becomes the deciding bone of contention, well, that and the accidental murder of a friend. Worthy.
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