Star rating – 6/10
It may get off to a bit of a slow start, but when first time director Josh Trank gets into his stride, ‘Chronicle’ is surprisingly entertaining. It owes much to films such as ‘Cloverfield’ in its use of homemade footage but has some nice original twists too.
Three high school friends accidentally discover super powers, which come upon them slowly but very surely. The tone of the film moves into whimsy and light hearted for a while as they experiment harmlessly. But inevitably having such capability cannot easily be confined or kept secret, and a much darker side to the tale appears. Personal insecurities, parental problems and general adolescence mixed with supernatural strength are suddenly not such a clever combination.
There are three good performances from the young leads, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B Jordan. And some of the special effects are great. It’s not perfect by any means, with a bit of a trite ending, but Josh Trank is certainly a director to look out for.