Screenwriter Jose Nateras borrows closely from Stephen King’s “The Lifeless Zone” with this plot level, however initiatives it by the self-aware prism of this highschool setting, which provides it a considerably contemporary humorousness. Diaz-Silverio is extraordinarily likable as Javier: quick-witted and incredulous on the idiocy surrounding him. He has a full of life, irreverent chemistry with Ireon Roach as his one and solely pal, Bianca. Roach has such an enticing presence and such a manner with the smart-ass, BFF banter that she makes you would like there have been extra to her character. Because it stands, her complete raison d’etre is to drive Javier round city and assist him type by his troubles.
Javier additionally has a sweetly awkward flirtation with the good-looking new child, William (Ryan Foreman). As a fellow homosexual highschool pupil—and a band geek—William sympathizes and connects with Javier on many ranges, however he additionally occurs to be round at simply the precise, opportune moments. Different key supporting characters are thinly drawn, together with the varsity’s antagonistic, all-star athletes (Cameron Scott Roberts and Sasha Kuznetsov), the mean-girl valedictorian (Maisie Merlock) and the kindhearted English instructor (Yani Gellman). His hackneyed plea of “Bueller? Bueller?” when none of his college students reply to him at school isn’t even good for a chuckle of recognition.
These are all acquainted varieties and tropes, and the low-budget “Departing Seniors” doesn’t breathe a lot new life into them. Different elements of the story, nevertheless, make little to no sense, together with the small print of the swimming-pool kill that opens the movie. How is it doable that no one freaks out when a homicide takes place on campus? Why is Javier’s dad virtually fully absent from this film, together with from the hospital the place he first discovers his powers? Why are there no letters on the jocks’ letterman jackets?
These quibbles could be extra tolerable if the craft on show had been more adept, or if the pacing had been extra suspenseful. The sound high quality is commonly inconsistent, with some bits of dialogue registering as tinny. But it surely all ends on a notice that means the mask-wearing assassin isn’t achieved wreaking havoc at this college, so possibly there’s an opportunity that everybody will get it proper the second time round.