Spider-Man meets X-Men in the story of an outcast high-school kid who gains incredible powers and ultimately decides that he’s now better than all those regular people who used to put him down. But the best part of the story is what comes in between those events: a growing friendship between three young guys who find they have something very special in common. The film gets both teenage joy and teenage misery. It’s a pity they decided to toss in the distracting gimmick of making the camera part of the story. Directed by Josh Trank; with Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell. 2012.

2.0 stars

— Matthew Lickona

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