A group of high school friends must come to terms with the fact that one of them, Samson, killed another, Jamie. Reactions vary, as Layne is intent on protecting Samson and smuggling him out of the state, while others think it’s best to go to the police. Matt’s tough little brother also finds out about the body and no one knows quite how the police will learn about the murder or who will be blamed for it.
Tim Hunter (June 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and film director. Since the late 1980s he has mostly worked on television, directing episodes for dozens of televisions series including Breaking Bad, Carnivàle, Chicago Hope, Crossing Jordan, Deadwood, Falcon Crest, Homicide: Life on the Street, House M.D., Law & Order, Lie to Me, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Glee, Revenge, and American Horror Story. During the early to mid-1980s, Hunter directed feature films, including 1986’s River’s Edge, which won that year’s award for best picture at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Janet Maslin made the following comments about Hunter’s work on the films River’s Edge and Tex:
As he demonstrated in Tex, Mr. Hunter has an extraordinarily clear understanding of teen-age characters, especially those who must find their own paths without much parental supervision. But the S. E. Hinton story for that film is a great deal more innocent… read more
I went to school with this guy who was clearly a sociopath; he told people he shot and killed his dog for fun and sexually harassed everyone regardless of sex and looked like a malicious goblin. Kind of like the characters in this movie. This was a bit too intense and close to life for me. I've never been involved in a murder, but I sadly know people like these mooks. It's pretty tragic.
californian desolation, teenage boredom there is something so great about its style, a sort of ugliness that's almost sophisticated. you can't completely relate to the way the characters think and feel and yet you understand them. keanu reeves is strangely strong in the film, depicting well confusion, moral conflicts, and self-discovery. a film that is deceptively smart.
A kaleidoscopic sample of film music: impossible fantasies, lush atmospheres, epic operas, sophisticated seductions.