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.
|Release Date||:||September 29, 2017|
|Production Company||:||Lila 9th Productions, Neighborhood Watch, Higher Content|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Esha Kallianpur, Kevin Phillips|
|Writers||:||Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski|
|Casts||:||Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, Amy Hargreaves, Adea Lennox, Ethan Botwick, Philip H. Ashley, Justin Rose, Kortnee Simmons, Samantha Jones|
|Plot Keywords||:||adolescence, sword, nightmare, insomnia, christmas tree, high school, murder, thriller, coming of age, marijuana, blood, suburb, youth, drug, samurai sword, guilt, former best friend, christmas, 1990s, accidental killing|
If you like an indie flavor & are a fan of films like River's Edge or Stand By Me then you should have some fun with this one.
The storytelling is rich and engaging with suspenseful paranoia & is accompanied by some shocking imagery. The characters are entertaining & well conceived so it matters to the viewer when events unfold around them.
I can't fault this film for anything but I settle on a 7 rating because like most true crime narratives it is forced to borrow from its influences, which seem to be called upon throughout.