Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is a socially awkward, introverted teen whose main form of escape and expression is a video camera. But things begin to change when Andrew, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and popular classmate Steve (Michael B. Jordan) discover a mysterious substance that leaves them with incredible powers. As their abilities become more powerful, the teens' lives spin out of control when their darker sides begin to emerge. Andrew's camera captures the unfolding events.
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Dane DeHann, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell
Release Date: Feb 03, 2012
Rated PG-13 for some Language, Sexual Content, Intense Action and Violence, Teen
Drinking and Thematic Material
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
Sometimes what sounds like a bad idea on paper can turn into something terribly impressive. The “found footage” over exposure is only exceeded by the super hero fatigue the majority of the movie going public has felt for the better part of the last few years. Combining the two should be a recipe for disaster but Chronicle exceeds expectation and delivers an experience far better than anybody could have expected. The story hits plenty of the usual hallmarks of the super hero origin story but it keeps the film grounded throughout, a result of the handheld footage, allowing the dramatic slope to work as well as it does. Dane DeHann offers up a believable performance as the tragic protagonist of the piece. DeHann’s expresses his character’s pain and suffering throughout with impressive ease. Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell fare well in the supporting roles even if they more muted. The finale feels like something ripped out of Japanese Anime Akira. As a whole, the film is an impressive feat from start to finish with a level of complexity to its storytelling that enhances the overall experience.