There is an earnestness and great attention to period detail here in Phillips debut feature which bodes promise for the director unfortunately the scripting fails to live up to the intent. The film's earliest moments have a fresh relevance to them before degenerating into a basic crazed teen melodrama whether the director had better intentions or not. 'Elephant' this is not. Young actress Cappuccino makes an impact.
Told from the POV of an episteme (pre-internet, pre-cel phone, pre-Columbine, and pre-9/11) that doesn't exist anymore. It falls apart in the last third, but if you were born between say 1978 and 1982, it might be worth your while to see it anyway.
That SUPER DARK TIMES director Kevin Phillips has worked extensively as a cinematographer in addition to directing clearly shows; the attention to individual images here means we never forget that we are watching something that has been carefully thought-out. The viewer is obligated to suspend disbelief early if he or she wishes to ride the crazed climax. There is a thoughtful coda, thankfully, and it is redemptive.
Started out pretty good, then slowly descended into lackluster tropes, eye rolling twists, and ends in a very boring fashion that wraps things up TOO neatly.
Kevin Phillips has a interesting eye when it comes to the visual/composition ect while also being able to maintain a foreboding mood/sense of dread that hangs over the film & it's characters throughout. Props for capturing the period nicely. Also TwistedMetal 2.
This is so visually appealing, funny and twisted. The loss of innocence and the delicacy of its process contrasts with Ben Frost abrasive soundtrack and stylish slow-mo sequences. A feast for the senses!
"Times" might be the quietest and most well-observed horror film since "It Follows" (this gets the texture of its era right down to the year-appropriate Windows screensaver), only it's not really a horror film, rather a dark drama in the tradition of Larry Clark's "Bully" or even "Elephant" - the product of a generation that never fully processed Columbine before 9/11 became our national psyche's next great wound.
Un ecou dureros hăuie cînd legăturile strînse ale băieților de prietenie se prăbușesc. Tristețe apărînd cînd tinerețe ca sticlă spartă colorează în negru de către paranoia sîngeroasă. Acest film este capodopera pe care Stephen King şi-ar fi dorit s-o facă. "De ce? Noi suntem prieteni, cei mai buni prieteni"// 固く結ばれていた少年たちの絆が崩れていく時の痛ましい響き。ひび割れた硝子のような青春が血まみれの妄執に黒く染まる時の哀しみ。今作はスティーブン・キングが作れなかった傑作だ。"どうしたんだよ、僕ら友達だ、親友だったのに"
By focusing in on only one character (and the wrong character for dramatic arc and interest) for its psychological fallout concerning the coverup of an accidental murder by a group of initially well-drawn young teens, Super Dark Times loses its verve and energy, crawling in sub-standard predictability when it should soar in thrilling vigor. Good performances by its young cast can't keep it from moping in clicheville.