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Chronicle

Posted in Cinema, DVD, English, Reviews by Suganth on June 29, 2012

Shot in a found footage style, what makes Chronicle refreshing is director Josh Trank doesn’t treat this as a superhero film but as a film about teenage angst and insecurities

Andrew (DeHaan), Matt (Russell) and Steve (Jordan), a trio of not-exactly friends, stumble upon a mysterious tunnel in the woods and after experiencing a sense of uneasiness, voila, they discover that they have superpowers! Initially, the trio tests these powers just as any teenager would with a newly-bought gadget. They chiefly involve playing harmless pranks on unsuspecting folks at their school and in their neighbourhood. While mere power can corrupt, can fork-bending superpowers not? So, very soon, Andrew, who is having a troubled life at home, decides to declares himself a super species (“apex predator”, as he puts it) and starts wrecking havoc. Shot in the by-now familiar found footage style (used in films like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield), what makes Chronicle refreshing is the treatment by Josh Trank, who doesn’t treat this as a superhero film but as a film about teenage angst and insecurities. Along with the theatrical trailer, the special features on the DVD include a rather lengthy featurette on the pre-visualization done for the film and a mock viral video used to promote the film.

Copyright ©2012 Chennai Times

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