Film Review: CHRONICLE
CHRONICLE - USA - ****
Cast: Alex Russell, Anna Wood, Ashley Hinshaw, Dane DeHaan, Michael B Jordan, Michael Kelly
Just when we thought found-footage movies were all played out, 26-year-old director Josh Trank and co-writer Max Landis (son of John) have come up with a crackingly good film that puts new and thrilling life into the traditional theme of the lonely guy getting superpowers.
It moves with wonderful confidence through its low-key beginning, up to a delirious "flight" scene and a firecracker King Kong-cum-9/11-style finale.
Dane DeHaan is Andrew, an unhappy boy abused by his dad; both father and son are stricken with unacknowledged guilt about Andrew's sick mother.
We see it all through the video Andrew is making about his life, taking in his relationship with cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and his unlikely friendship with high-school overachiever Steve (Michael B Jordan).
When the three boys discover a strange glowing thing underground, their lives are changed.
Andrew finds he can make the camera float around to film stuff; now, this sneakily solves the perennial first-person point-of-view problem in the found-footage genre, but it also creates some great out-of-body experiences.
You'll believe an emotionally damaged nerd can fly.
By Peter Bradshaw