Villains rarely get the lead-character treatment in Hollywood, and that alone makes Chronicle
worthy viewing if one is craving a unique found-footage film. Imagine an X-Men
movie in which the narrative follows the loner kid who gets superpowers, becomes popular, then spirals into madness once his crummy domestic life becomes too much. It’s a fascinating -- and bold -- premise that screenwriter Max Landis and director Josh Trank have concocted for what is otherwise a straightforward Hollywood release.
Though Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan) at first seems insufferably emo (his initial bummed-out line readings are pretty terrible), this is one character...