"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"
It nails the "super dark" but I wish more attention had been paid to the times, the violence a precursor to what exactly? Inhabits a similar terrain to Universal Harvester and Exile In the Outer Ring, 2017 works about the violence of being zoned out, suspicions about those high school friends who liked knives too much. It's aesthetically strong, not swallowed by the era but almost by its dreamscapes.
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.
Bad title. It's never going to be the cult classic some claim it will, but for a debut feature it's definitely impressive. The director shows a lot of promise. The actor who played the killer could go places too.