Students in superpower struggle

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2012, 12:00am

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Imagine you possessed the ability to move objects with only your mind - in other words, telekinesis. That would be neat.

Now imagine the social and moral side to this situation - what would you do with such powers?

If you're the three Seattle high schoolers in Josh Trank's film Chronicle - shot with point-of-view hand-held cameras - you pull major pranks on unsuspecting victims - and you film every minute of it.

Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan, below) films his daily life. One day he accompanies his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) to a party. There, along with Steve (Michael B. Jordan), they uncover a mysterious hole in the woods. Not the kind of people to back down from adventure, the three approach the hole, and change their lives forever: they gain superpowers.

At first, while experimenting with their new-found powers, the trio set out to play practical jokes on anyone who crosses their path. Soon these pranks become dangerous and they realise that, with power comes responsibility, so they set rules to govern their actions.

Yet it's only a matter of time before there's a power struggle. And then a major battle begins between the friends and their own impulses.

Chronicle opens on February 2