Love that cam- do at­ti­tude

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies 7 - LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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