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About the Movie
A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School Massacre, SUPER DARK TIMES marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips. Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating an evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 37
- Fresh: 34
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The performances from the film's young cast members are uniformly excellent, including Owen Campbell as Zach and Charlie Tahan as Josh. But the direction from Mr. Phillips is what makes "Super Dark Times" unusual.
Fresh: Super Dark Times perfectly nails the minute details of adolescence-a minefield of confusion about right and wrong that leads to all kinds of impulsive bad decisions.
Fresh: It's hard not to appreciate the astute ways the script captures the moment when carefree childhood turns into the loss of innocence.
Fresh: What makes "Super Dark Times" one of the most exciting American filmmaking debuts in recent years is how well Phillips and company grasp both the intensity and ephemerality of adolescence.
Wow! What a crazy ride!
On the edge of my seat
Very interesting tale of two friends.
This film is duly named
Its a fairly intense and visceral movie. It's well made top to bottom, but just as the title implies....its an emotionally dark movie. This isn't a loss of innocense story as much as a decent to oblivion.