6 Oct 2017

Super Dark Times (Kevin Phillips, 2017)

☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Carried by the outstanding performances from the super young leads and supported by the admirable cinematography (kudos to Eli Born), as well as the unobtrusive, ominously brooding score (Ben Frost), Kevin Phillips's feature-length debut - a fierce, visceral coming of age / loss of innocence nightmare - grabs you from the foreboding, unforgettable prologue (featuring a moribund deer stranded in a school cafeteria) and doesn't let go until the final act in which it looses a great portion of its 'Stand by Me meets Donnie Darko under the dark clouds of guilty conscious' coolness thanks to the unconvincing psychology and some pacing issues.

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