Review by Bears Fonte
Every generation has its own fulcrum where the future inevitably twisted; the Kennedy assassination, the Space Shuttle explosion (that’s mine), and Columbine. It is easy to argue that 9/11 was much, much worse but pure unpredictable nature of hatred starts for me, at Columbine. It certainly changed the way we look at children and their afterschool activities and more importantly what we thought they were capable of. SUPER DARK TIMES, set in the murky but recent past, allows the idea of a student capable of murdering someone be a complete surprise, and I must admit, it felt good to be back there.
The rest of the film plays more like ROPE than STAND BY ME, with loyalties strained and the constant glance over the shoulder. Throughout, the performances carry the film, which relies more on tense dialogue-driven scenes than action. Part of the reason the film works is because you couldn’t imagine any of these kids capable of murder, or covering up, and as bodies slowly increase, your view of the world gets strained. A viewer can be forgiven for say no… no way that would happen in that town with those kids, but that’s sort of the point. It was the point in 1999 at Columbine.
SUPER DARK TIMES just screened at Fantasia International Film Festival and will be released September 29th care of THE ORCHARD.