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MY GRADE: B to B plus.,
This review is from: Chronicle (DVD)
This is a the tale of an introverted senior in high school named Andrew. His mother is bed ridden and dying and his abusive stepfather is on disability and grieving that his wife will die soon and that he is no longer useful to society. To make it worse a lot of people in high school bully Andrew or just plain out verbally abuse him. Even his cousin doesn't want to be around him that much and tolerates his presence.
That all changes when they stumble upon some alien technology which bonds the two cousins (as well as another friend of the tolerant cousin) and gives the three of them colossal telekinetic powers. Andrew's rage at being mistreated boils up and comes out gradually with abuse until he's literally out of control.
On a basic level it's a fun tale about the loser kid getting revenge on those who wronged him horribly but on a deeper level it's about how we sometimes create the monsters around us. It also reminds me of some relatively recent moments in our history in which certain people who were mistreated turn violently on those who persecuted them.
Almost all of the movie scenes are told through Andrew's beloved camera or other video recording devices. It is technically known as found footage.
The film budget was only $15M but it made over $126M at the Box Office. A sequel is being planned.
CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; SCI FI FOCUSES/ACTION SCENES: B to B plus; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus; WHEN WATCHED: mid June 2012.