FILM: CHRONICLE

FILM: CHRONICLE

CAST: DANE DEHAAN, ALEX RUSSELL, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, MICHAEL KELLY, ASHLEY HINSHAW

DIRECTOR: JOSH TRANK

This is as real as it gets.

Andrew, Matt, and Steve are recognizable teens, each with a distinctive personality and each facing relatable challenges that come with being in high school, forming new friendships, and exploring new facets of their ever-changing lives. They’re imperfect, awkward, and a little reckless.

They could be you.

Like so many of us, they’re obsessed with chronicling their lives, however mundane – or in their case, however extraordinary. For Andrew, Matt and Steve have stumbled upon something beyond their – or anyone’s – understanding. Their discovery leads them to acquire powerful telekinetic abilities; in graphic novel parlance, they have superpowers.

They’re now capable of, well, almost anything. They can move objects just by thinking about them, crush cars through force of will. They learn to fly…the ultimate wish fulfilment.

Then things get dark. What would you do if it happened to you? What would you be capable of?

Those are the intriguing questions posed by ‘Chronicle’. It’s a superhero movie that’s not really a superhero movie. On the surface it belongs in the relatively new sub-genre of “found footage” or “P-O-V” films, but it turns their conventions on its head.

So, what would you do if you suddenly obtained abilities beyond comprehension? Would you don a special suit, fly off, and battle evildoers? If you were a teenager, the likely response would be: hell, no. You’d have a blast with them, pull elaborate pranks, and maybe exact revenge on those who’ve wronged you. Maybe those powers would amplify your less noble qualities. Or worse.

“In most stories, superpowers are generally applied to good and evil, but in reality they’d be applied to necessity,” says Josh Trank, who makes his feature directorial debut and also co-wrote the story with Max Landis.

“And when you’re a teenager, necessity is really about making yourself happy. You’d want to laugh and have a good time with those powers.”

Trank was determined that ‘Chronicle’ wouldn’t be “your father’s P-O-V movie. The story is very grounded; it’s not a fantasy or genre film; it’s a story about young people. It’s about real teens and not caricatures of young people. Their lives are anything but perfect. We get into their world and discover their challenges, long before anything extraordinary begins to happen. By the time the guys have obtained their powers, that element is so firmly woven into the story and characters that the film segues into an exploration of how they come to terms with those powers.”