Lime Review - Screen
Release date: 1 February Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell
We thought the big superhero films of the year were coming out later, but the bar has been set high by this outstanding reinvention of the genre that belies its humble origins to spectacular effect.
When three teenagers stumble across a mysterious object in the ground their lives change forever. Slowly they develop a series in incredible abilities that make them unstoppable, but where is the line between good and evil?
It's a simple enough concept, one that applies to nearly all films of this ilk, but it is in the execution that director Josh Trank deserves all the credit. The hand held footage idea has been done before - most notably in 'The Blair Witch Project' and 'Cloverfield' – but somehow the writing and direction feels fresh and inventive throughout 'Chronicle'.
The performances convey teen angst without too much navel-gazing, and when the characters finally show their true colours there are several moments of high drama that will take your breath away. An outstanding film, which will soar at the box-office given the amount of buzz it is already generating.
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