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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.
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 realizes 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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It was made overseas so the idea although not fresh, gave a different perspective. I loved towards the end. Would I call this a superhero flick, somewhat like the brilliant movie, "Unbreakable" I don't know. Anyway I liked the film enough to order it from Amazon.
I'm not going to go on about the plot because the page description pretty much gives the right impression. What I am going to say is that Chronicle is a standout superhero movie that while most likely not setting new standards, will show how to make a simple story intriguing once again. The story revolves around corruption through power, and it commits to it. While other movies like Star Wars Episode 3 will take this premise and throw it in the trash by making the main character unlikable and corrupted from the start, the main character here starts in a position where it only makes sense that he snaps with power but he is still understandably meek at the beginning.
Now, back to the found footage. I have to say, I don't know why Director Josh Trank decided to make this a found footage movie. Every once in a while, the movie uses it in a clever or stylistic way, but for the most part it's just treated as something to film regular events with. There really is absolutely no reason that this couldn't be a traditionally shot movie. Many scenes are given a hackneyed reason to have a camera filming everything, and ultimately it just gets in the way of the story; but not in a way that could ruin it. Also, for a found footage movie, most of the action was pretty smooth and didn't contain the "OMG SHAKY CAMZ EVERYWHERE" effect that usually gets shoved into these things, so anyone comparing this to say, Cloverfield, are just making up things to critique.
Overall, 8/10. I would definitely recommend as a casual movie night flick, and I would also consider it an example of modern storytelling to make a old story new again.
"Chronicle" starts with all of the ingredients of every similar movie. Just about, but not all, of your expectations are taken into account, but I'm not going to tell you which ones are fulfilled. This tale has less in common with X-Men or Wanted than with anime like Akira.
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