Chronicle (2012)

Feature Film | Sci-fI | USA | English | 1h24m
Dir: Josh Trank | Scr: Max Landis | Story: Max Landis & Josh Trank | Ph: Matthew Jensen | Prod: John Davis & Adam Schroeder | Ed: Elliot Greenberg | PD: Stephen Altman | AD: Johnny Breedt | Snd: Kelly Oxford | Cast: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw, Bo Petersen

In Trank’s unexpectedly entertaining piece of science-fiction, a bullied social misfit, his vaguely pretentious cousin, and the school’s star athlete discover that they have telekinetic superpowers, after happening across a great glowing whatsit in a mysterious tunnel in the woods. However, as their control and range of powers grows, bringing about great personal satisfaction, so too does the ego of one of their number. So much so, that the safety of the human race itself soon becomes in doubt. Atypically convincing found footage, emotionally astute characterisation, good effects work, and fine performances combine to surprisingly polished effect.