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Super Dark Times (2017)

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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Kevin Phillips
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Campbell ... Zach
Charlie Tahan ... Josh
Elizabeth Cappuccino ... Allison
Amy Hargreaves ... Karen
Max Talisman ... Daryl
Sawyer Barth ... Charlie
Adea Lennox ... Meghan
Ethan Botwick ... John Whitcomb
Philip H. Ashley Philip H. Ashley ... Chad (as Philip Hackworth Ashley)
Anni Krueger ... Ms. Barron
Justin Rose ... Kevin
Kortnee Simmons Kortnee Simmons ... Eugene
Samantha Jones ... Joan
Hayden Oliver ... Colin
Alfredo Romeo Suarez Alfredo Romeo Suarez ... Police Officer #1
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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tempos Obscuros See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,590, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,109, 29 October 2017
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This is Kevin Phillips' directorial debut for a full length film. See more »

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Josh: If anybody asks, we're already fucked.
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Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand
Performed by Primitive Radio Gods
Words and Music by Chris O'Connor (as Christopher John O'Connor), Leonard Feather (as Leonard Geoffrey Feather), Jane Feather
Published by ©Universal Music - MGB Songs on behalf of Moonfood Publ., Modern Age Music and Model Age Music administered by Air-Edel Associates Ltd
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Contains a sample of "How Blue Can You Get" performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Whoa man, like, super dark
26 February 2018 | by ccamp89See all my reviews

It's been awhile since I've seen a movie that started off quite promisingly only to go so absurdly off-the-rails. It's certainly a well-directed film with a strong grasp on tone and boasts a number of striking visuals and a haunting score. The first act was especially strong and, despite its dark content, evoked a sense of realism. Sadly, this is a quality that the film seemed to progressively lose with each passing minute, ultimately stumbling into a third act that felt completely forced and even nonsensical. The key character arc of the film just didn't work, plain and simple. His character wasn't established or developed enough to justify his actions and the result was a finale that felt hollow and exploitative. The movie takes itself incredibly seriously and for awhile it seems like it may justify that seriousness with something of substance. Instead, the effect is akin to a teen with a joint in his mouth saying "whoa man, super dark times. like, super dark." It's hard to even look at the title of the film without smirking now. Wish I could give it a higher score for its undeniable strengths, but alas that third act casts too dark a shadow. At the very least I can see this director going on to do some cool things, especially if he can get his hands on a better script.

Strong 2/5


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