High school students Matt, Steve and Andrew gain super powers after investigating a mysterious apparition on a night out. Delirious with their new-found abilities of telekenises, telepathy and flight the boys cause mischief and mayhem around Seattle while chronicling it all on camera. Things quickly start to spiral out of control however when Andrew begins to use his powers for personal, darker purposes...
Written by Max Landis (son of the once great John Landis) and directed by Josh Trank, Chronicle is one of the smartest entries yet into the found-footage genre and a witty indie deconstruction of the still popular superhero movie. It also boasts stand-out performances from its young leads Dane DeHaan (True Blood), Alex Russell (Almost Kings, Wasted On The Young) and Michael B Jordan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).
Not widely seen in the UK as yet, it's certainly struck a chord with many who have seen it, being described by Roger Ebert as "an uncommonly entertaining movie that involves elements of a superhero origin story, a science-fiction fantasy and a drama about a disturbed teenager," by Mark Dinning in Empire as "a stunning superhero/sci-fi that has appeared out of nowhere to demand your immediate attention," and by David Graham at Eye for Film as "an immensely enjoyable and engrossing spin on several well-worn themes and genres, promising further great things to come for and from its youthful creators." Worth a look, then.
Chronicle will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 28th May 2012 by 20th Century Fox at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD and a whopping £27.99 for the Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray features an extended version of the film not seen in cinemas and a deleted scene (just the one?), and both discs have the following extras: