Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. Summary from Official Movie Site
I was really excited to see this movie. The trailer made it look very interesting and like something I’d enjoy. While I did enjoy the movie and storyline, the filming method was something to be desired.
Andrew Detmer (played by Dane DeHaan), one of the three teenagers, decides to film his life. He’s not very popular at school and has a poor family life, so the camera puts a layer between him and the rest of the world. The story takes place as the audience watches what Andrew records.
While the camera movements aren’t as shaky/jerky as they are in The Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield, I still didn’t like the effect it gave the movie. I didn’t like that we didn’t get to see Andrew until later in the movie when he learns to use his abilities to hold the camera where he wants it to be. I also didn’t like that we didn’t get the whole story. Because it was shot from the kids’ perspectives, we never find out what they encountered (or at least if the object was alien or government) or why it gave them powers. I’m the type of movie goer that likes my questions answered, or at least most of them anyway. The story was set up well for a sequel, so maybe, we’ll find out more then. But, who knows, really.
I have no complaints about the acting or the special effects. I really liked the three main characters. The actors were convincing in the roles they played.
While watching the movie, I kept wishing I had their abilities. But, I think it’d be hard to control oneself, especially when frustrated or angry. (Superman must be a saint.) That concept brought a very interesting premise to the story.