Complicity (2013) – By Kirsten Walsh

The set up for “Complicity” seems simple enough: a high school party gone wrong with elements of murder, a secret that a group of the teens will have to keep, and something goes horrendously wrong. But “Complicity” is definitely different. Using a mix of found footage and HD video, the film is a product of the post-Blair Witch era. Pulling in the talents of Logan Huffman (“V”), Shoshana Bush (“Fired Up”), and a handful of others that can be seen in many modern flicks, the acting is above that of most independent features.

The story doesn’t have a direct plot from the get go other than go party hard at an impromptu party held by Shoshana’s character, Shannon. The intro throws us into a typical high school scene- a marching band rehearsing on a field, a passionate English teacher droning on and on to a room of distracted students. We meet a seemingly depressed outcast in the guidance counselor’s office and learn that Dylan is one step away from getting expelled. All of the intros for the teens that will be forced to share the secret later on in the film. It is pretty standard for an “it crowd” type of film, leading up to the party.

Of course, something goes wrong at the end of the first act, the party is forced to come to an end, and the group of rag tag students must face reality in the most depressing way. One of the characters is raped and blames it on the outcast, but has no direct proof other than the slightly off flashbacks that are shown to the audience. The group quickly turns on him and brings the worst out.

The cinematography was spot on, and aside from issues with the ADR dialogue matching up, the film is able to really put you in the room with the distraught teens. Some of the acting was a bit over the top, especially Huffman’s exaggerated rage at the beginning of the downfall of innocence.

C.B. Harding’s script definitely carries its twists and turns. The script carries some stereotypical lives that pay homage to other thriller greats- “I’ve only seen people die on TV”- throwback to “Scream” anyone? The characters could even be likened to the kids from “The Breakfast Club”- except that instead of being in detention, forcing them to be together, they have something else tying them together. Something darker, something that could change their fates forever.

A good film overall, and enjoyable, I would think particularly for the teen audience.