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'Chronicle': Betsy Sharkey's film pick of the week

February 8, 2012 |  6:09 pm


For the half of you who opted for the Daniel Radcliffe scary movie “The Woman in Black” last weekend, please put the low-tech but highly entertaining “Chronicle” on your to-do list (they pretty much split the box office).

It's about three teens who fall into a hole and come out with superpowers. But, the film wonders, will they use them for good or evil? That might sound like something you've seen before, but you haven't, or at least not as director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis envision it — as a very cool, very raw video diary.

It's the found-footage idea put through a blender. The three teenagers are a good crew, anchored by talented Dane DeHaan playing the resident nerd.

Since the other guys were already high-school cool, he's the one with issues to sort out. The result is a high-flying ride, and not just because the teens can levitate. If nothing else it will leave you wondering what filmmakers and cast alike are going to do next.


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-– Betsy Sharkey

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