What are you capable of?
Three teenagers (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan) discover an object in the woods that give them superhuman powers; at first, they’re having fun while exploring them… but things take a darker turn. 28-year-old Josh Trank’s first feature film shows many older and more seasoned Hollywood colleagues how to make a really good sci fi-actioner – keep it short, find an original hook (even though the rest of the story is familiar), create characters whose plight we care about and cast the movie with an eye for talent. The found-footage style of the film strains credibility at times, but DeHaan is good as the troubled Andrew and the visual effects are excellent.
2012-Britain-U.S. 84 min. Color. Produced by John Davis, Adam Schroeder. Directed by Josh Trank. Screenplay: Max Landis. Cast: Dane DeHaan (Andrew Detmer), Alex Russell (Matt Garetty), Michael B. Jordan (Steve Montgomery), Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw, Bo Petersen.
Last word: “Like I knew that I’d be skeptical if I was an audience member who saw a trailer of this film, I knew that the studio would be as skeptical of me as a 26-year-old, so I wrote a very detailed director’s statement, going over all of the ways in which I would film the movie, how I saw the movie, and what it was, and how the production would work. All I was able to do from the beginning was just own the fact that I’m a very young filmmaker and it’s my first movie, so all I can be is extremely honest about what I’m trying to do with it. Everybody was very excited, and I think studios do really want to work with first-time filmmakers when it’s a project and a vision that they can really get behind, and this was just that kind of a movie.” (Trank, Complex)