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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.
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Later, to their surprise, they realize the object has bestowed upon them strange superhuman abilities, chiefly telekinesis and the power to fly. At first, of course being teenagers, they use their powers to play pranks (Using leaf blowers to lift girls' skirts, move unsuspecting peoples' cars around in parking lots, etc), but Andrew, the most emotionally put-upon of the three, becomes reckless and Matt tries to convince him they need to use their power responsibly and secretly. Over time, Andrew exercises his power to the point where it becomes stronger and stronger. So does his inner rage. He lashes out at his father, and even Steve! With his mother increasingly sicker by the day, he decides to use his power for selfish, potentially criminal reasons, with tragic results. It all accumulates in a very well directed and acted destructive battle across the city between a now out of control, psychopathic Andrew and Matt, who must do all he can to rein him in and stop this tragic menace.
A great, even thought provoking screenplay by Max Landis and director Josh Trank, very strong performances by the three leads (Dane DaHaan as Andrew, Alex Russell as Matt and Michael B. Jordan as Steve), and amazing cinematography add to a fantastic film. Sometimes it's true what they say, "Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely".
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.
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