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Editor's NoteA loner (Dane DeHaan) escapes his abusive home life and discovers a mysterious crater that gives him and two fellow high school students psychokinetic powers in this found-footage-style superhero film from director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis. DeHaan plays Andrew, a angsty teen whose mother is dying and whose father takes out his violent frustrations out on the boy. As a result, Andrew starts filming everything around him, including the dreadful night that he, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and the soon-to-be senior class president, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), wake up with superpowers after exploring a condemned piece of land housing an unexplained power source. The three bond over their newfound abilities, with Andrew clearly leading the pack in terms of control and strength. Despite their noble intentions, a darker streak appears in one of them as the other two try to take control over a situation that soon spirals into homicidal madness -- all of which is captured on camera.
Chronicle (2012) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/26/2012 1:38 PM
|Chronicle is a found-footage-meets-superhero movie that tells the tale of what happens to three high school boys who suddenly acquire superpowers. The footage is not so much “found” as it is just shown as it's happening through lens of video cameras, cell phones, and security cams. In this respect the film is kind of a cheat, because there is no real relevance to the “reality” look of the film. The story is interesting enough, but it is limited by its own concept. Because everything is shown from the point of view of the on-screen camera operators, it never digs any deeper than the limited viewpoints of the main characters....read the full review|
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