"Remember when M. Night Shyamalan took the superhero genre and turned it on its head with Unbreakable? Josh Trank pulls the same trick with Chronicle, and produces one of the best films of the year in the process. When three ordinary high school friends make an extraordinary discovery, they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding.
Telekinetic powers allow them to crush cars at will, move objects around the room and even fly. More importantly of course, it gives them the confidence they need to get women into bed. As their strength grows, so do their darker sides, and harmless pranks give way to dangerous escapades that could spell disaster for everyone. Written by Max Landis (son of John Landis), Chronicle stars Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan.
Chronicle embraces a familiar concept (the found footage thriller) and takes flight with it, blowing the audience away with shocks, surprises and jaw dropping action. The story is nothing new but the approach feels fresh - Chronicle is blessed with a smart script, exhilarating direction and engaging lead turns.
Dane DeHaan is definitely a name to look out for in the future. At times he channels a young Leonardo DiCaprio and his performance grows stronger as the mood darkens. The characters are well written and given plenty of room to breathe, which means you’ll care about their plights when the high-flying climax touches down on your TV screen. Josh Trank’s debut gets better and better as it goes along, building steadily to a mind blowing finale that grabs a hold like no other movie this year. Shocking. Surprising. Electrifying. Don’t miss it." AW