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Chronicle is an unconventional and slightly darker take on the superhero genre where three ordinary teenagers suddenly gain super powers and are able to do things they never imagined possible. Initially they have fun, but their pranks become ever more dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with extraordinary powers.
If you should come upon a glowing, possibly extraterrestrial object buried in a hole, go ahead and touch the thing--you might just get superpowers. Or so it goes for the three high-school buds in Chronicle, an inventive excursion into the teenage sci-fi world. Once affected by the power, the guys exercise the joys of telekinesis: shuffling cars around in parking lots, moving objects in grocery stores, that kind of thing. Oh yeah--they can fly, too: and here director Josh Trank takes wing, in the movie's giddiest sequence, as the trio zips around the clouds in a glorious wish-fulfillment. It goes without saying that there will be a shadow side to this gift, and that's where Chronicle, for all its early cleverness, begins to stumble. Broody misfit Andrew (Dane DeHaan), destined to be voted Least Likely to Handle Superpowers Well by his graduating class, is documenting all this with his video camera, which is driving him even crazier (the movie's in "found footage" style, so everything we see is from a camcorder or security camera, an approach that gets trippy when Andrew realises he can levitate his camera without having to hold it). Trank and screenwriter Max Landis (son of John) seem to lose inspiration when the last act rolls around, so the movie settles for weightless battles around the Space Needle and a smattering of mass destruction. Still, let's give Chronicle credit for an offbeat angle, and a handful of memorable scenes. --Robert Horton
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Throughout the film is the usual thread of real life and of things happening in the background, but it is not there as a filler, but as a necessary explanation. The thread makes the plot much more believable, to the point where you are almost pleading with the lead character not to follow the path he is on.
The camera work was quite acceptable for me, maybe there were a few moments where the continual use of the video camera by some of the characters could be seen as very slightly over the top. But this has to remain a very minor criticism and must not be allowed to detract from the storyline of friendship strained by circumstances and the affect of unnatural power on ordinary people trying to live an ordinary life.
The composition, direction and scriptwriting was well balanced and the CGI, which was particularly well crafted, was used only where and when necessary without being the main focus of the film. With a subtle mix of occasional humour offset by emotional crisis, often particularly poignant, the film scores highly for me and I am sure that I will find myself watching it again in the future.
There's a few wow moments in there too, and considering the budget for the film wasn't much at all (in comparison to most films!) this is really good. Fans of Cloverfield and films of that era will really enjoy this. For a decent price, definitely worth giving a go!
Chronicle focuses on the misadventures of three high-school teenagers (i.e. Andrew, Matt and Steve) who accidentally gain the powers of psychokinesis and levitation upon discovering a mysterious crystal underground. At first, they experiment with their newly-found powers for harmless fun and games. However, they quickly come to terms with the consequences of their powers (e.g. after a car crash accident caused by Andrew) and struggle to find a way to keep them under control. Eventually, things take a turn for the worse when troubled protagonist Andrew is gradually overwhelmed by his personal anxieties (e.g. dying mother, abusive alcoholic father, etc.).
All in all it's good but not great. Exciting mostly, and amusing in places - definitely worth a watch.
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Outstanding performances from the cast.