Love that cam- do attitude
THIS rather wonderful ( if decidedly erratic) found- footage action flick has sneaked into cinemas under cover of what those in the biz call ‘‘ stealth marketing’’.
A film as good as Chronicle will not remain a secret for long. Best get in on the ground floor before the hype goes stratospheric.
In particular, I would advise anyone who loves such hand- held- cam classics as Cloverfield or Paranormal Activity not to miss this one. And to see it as ‘‘ cold’’ as possible.
All you need to know is that three teenage friends will be never be the same again – physically or mentally – after exploring a hole in the ground that has appeared in the woods on the outskirts of town.
Two are mid- level jocks in the pecking order at high school. Steve ( Michael B. Jordan) is a gregarious, anything- goes kind of guy. Matt ( Australian up- and- comer Alex Russell) is arguably the most well- read party animal in America.
The third player, Matt’s cousin Andrew ( Dane Dehaan, pictured) is a loner, a loser and a lost cause in the eyes of everyone. Until the trio re- emerges from that hole with, err, certain abilities they never had before.
While there are some average stretches in Chronicle, there are also at least five astonishing sequences where you literally can’t stop your jaw from dropping.
Highly recommended for those who cannot resist the idea of a B- grade picture capable of delivering A- grade results.