super dark times movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This excessively thrilling hidden gem of a drama is heavy on darkness, twists and teenagers. Overall, Super Dark Times is not for kids due to language and bloody violence, but it’s phenomenal and realistic.


When two teenaged friends, Zach and Josh, are involved in a gruesome accident in the woods that leads to concealing the evidence and keeping a secret, they fall down a mental rabbit hole of paranoia and violence.

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Movie details

Director: Kevin Phillips
Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, Amy Hargreaves, Adea Lennox
Writer: Luke Piotrowski, Ben Collins
Release Date: 29 September 2017
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes of murder and features a teenager being injured, resulting in death.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features scenes of strong violence, including stabbings that result in injuries and spurts of blood.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “c**t”, “s**t” and “d**k”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains verbal references to “weed” and depictions of people smoking marijuana.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief depictions of images that feature female breasts nudity.

Sex (M)

The film features multiple crude verbal references to masturbation and sex, as well as a dream sequence in which a male and female kiss passionately and implicitly engage in sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Super Dark Times is phenomenal at executing a realistically shocking incident that leaves teenage characters with complex emotions and certainly scarred for life. This really feels like what 2004’s Mean Creek was intending at attempting to do, which it did remarkably, but this version of the psychological concept is faster, darker and does so much better at digging into multiple details.

It sure does follow the stereotypes of teens doing adult things like smoking weed, swearing and discussing sex. However, that occurs in the first act that kicks off like any other coming-of-age story. Super Dark Times tags along to the stereotypical teenagers who accidentally get themselves involved in a horrific and shocking incident that starts a big mystery with dark twists.

This film is completely overlooked, underrated and disregarded in the sense that it’s truly one of the most realistic and emotionally effective drama-thrillers of all time. After the incident that compels us into the stirring plot, we witness teenage characters who behave exactly how any rational human being would react after such a shocking event. The performances of the every adolescent cast member is absolutely astonishing and lifelike.

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