Chronicle review: This Superteen really is super in this unexpected treat


Chronicle: This Superteen really is super in this unexpected treat

Chronicle (12a)

Verdict: Powerful stuff

This is an unexpected treat: an intelligent, unsettling view of what could happen if three ordinary teenagers developed super powers.

It contains a powerhouse performance by Dane DeHaan, looking like a young Leonardo DiCaprio, who is bullied at school but gains revenge in spectacularly misconceived fashion.

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Powerful stuff: Chronicle is a an intelligent, unsettling view of what could happen if three ordinary teenagers developed super powers

Powerful stuff: Chronicle is a an intelligent, unsettling view of what could happen if three ordinary teenagers developed super powers

From mischievous pranks to urban mayhem, the self-destructiveness of adolescent angst is accurately observed. It’s too bad the two other teenagers aren’t as superbly characterised.

Written and directed by 26-year-olds — the writer-director is Josh Trank and his co-writer is Max Landis, son of John — this augurs well for their futures.