Directed by Josh Trank
Starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan
So last night I went to watch the film Chronicle for the second time in as many weeks and have come to the conclusion that it is probably the best film I have seen so far this year (yes, I am aware it is only February!)
The film documents the antics of three ordinary teenagers who end up with a supernatural power: telekinesis. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is merely some superhero origin story, where three unlikely kids save mankind right under the noses of the American Government. Chronicle is a far cry from the clichés that have plagued this type of genre for so long.
We see our protagonist, Andrew gain two unlikely friends (in the form of his cousin Matt and the popular Steve) and they bond over their equally unlikely talent. While being nothing like a comedy, there are some brilliant moments when we see what teenagers would actually do with such powers. Of course they would get their own back on school bullies, doss around in the supermarket and play football in the sky. I’m man enough to admit that saving the world would not even make the top 10… What’s equally amusing is Max Landis’ script which captures the teen sociolect to a T. My friends and I found ourselves sitting there saying - “they are so us!” In fact, it was actually a little freaky how similar we were…
The third act goes slightly haywire, and for once, it’s genuinely unexpected given the fact the trailer gives so little away. But what I will say is that down town Seattle gets quite the beating. It will take a while to get used to hand held style it’s shot in, however due to the inventive use of cameras you don’t get that Cloverfield-motion-sickness-feeling.
Chronicle has done immensely well on the low budget, with little known directors and a young director so I am landed to see that it has done so well! A truly original story that’s thought provoking, hilarious and harrowing in equal measures. So if Chronicle is still showing in a cinema near you, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Well done Josh Trank!
Rating: 9 (thought 10 was a bit much for my first review…)
One to watch: Dane DeHaan. Expecting great things from this actor (anyone else notice the uncanny resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio!?) and am extremely keen to see him in A Place Beyond The Pines, Kill Your Darlings and The Wettest County In The World.