My boyfriend just got this movie in a steel book edition, and we both have been waiting to see it. We just finished watching it, and I think this movie deserves an instant review. Enjoy!
Director: Josh Trank
Writer(s): Max Landis
Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen
Starring: Dane DeHann, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan
Year Released: 2012
Synopsis: “Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.”
I am not a big fan of movies about superheroes, or super-human powers. I usually find them predictable, and wonder why the main character always has to be the “good guy”. Surprisingly however, I have been wanting to see Chronicle, and I’m very glad I did.
Shot in the “shaky camera” or “found footage” style, copying movies such as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, Chronicle revolves around the perspectives of three boys, Andrew, Matt, and Steve, all of whom gain telekinetic powers. The main character, Andrew, who carries around his camera everywhere, and is usually the one filming, is your typical awkward, anti-social high school student. Along with Matt, a young philosopher, and Steve, the popular school jock, the three of them document their powers.
Andrew annoyed me from the beginning of the movie. He was shy, weird, and seemed to always complain. Since he was the most advanced out of the three boys with his powers, you could tell from the start that he would start using them for evil, instead of good. However, that seemed to be the last predictable element of the movie, as more and more unexpected things began to happen. It was constantly filled with action, destruction, and the boys’ enviable abilities, and never once was the movie boring.
I enjoyed that there was no “world saving” mission, and the fact that the boys’ powers eventually led to chaos kept Chronicle a watchable movie. A few major deaths, a couple of fun telekinetic pranks, and the last 20 minutes or so of the movie was amazing. It was an overall entertaining film, and did not make you as nauseous to watch as Cloverfield did with all the shaking and moving of the camera. Whether you like science-fiction or not, Chronicle is definitely worth seeing.
Check out the trailer here:
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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB. The trailer was taken from YouTube. The review above is written by me: ©Kalie Lyn 2012*