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.
La periferia, gli adolescenti che scorrazzano in bicicletta, i primi amori. Ci sono tutti gli ingredienti del coming of age a là "Stand by me", solo che stavolta le cose vanno male, molto male fin da subito. Cinema bello tosto che non fa sconti e che riesce a funzionare alla grande senza far leva sul solito ruffiano effetto nostalgia. Il cupo ed azzeccatissimo score di Ben Frost è solo la ciliegina sulla torta.
It was only inches from being the epitome of the modern exploitation cinema. No, fuck it, it is essential. It is almost like Halloween. WHOAT A MOVIE!!!! what a soundtrack! blew me away. Kevin Phillips is here to stay for a long time, maybe as long as John Carpenter.
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.
Good drama albeit with a list of short comings. We've seen this story before and better executed and personally I´m sick and tired of american "indie aesthetics" with slo-mo sequences and moaning and droning soundwork used to convey feelings and mood. The cast is very good and it starts out right but descends into mediocracy and stock melodrama only to tack on a nonsensical thriller ending. Good effort tho...
Dreadful style and sustained direction brings naturalistic approach into a small town and early 90s setting. The cast brings protagonists that seem real and fractured to the point of disturbance. Unfortunately, the characters are underdeveloped to the point where "less is more" is turned into half-baked plot that slowly looses its course - and it ends up being cheap compared to the rich beginning.
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.