This past weekend I saw the newly released sci-fi thriller, store Chronicle.
Chronicle plays out like a documentary filmed by the characters, drug similar to movies such as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield.
The movie is in the eyes of Andrew (Dane DeHaan), who you sense is a troubled kid. That’s clear from the moment he begins recording his life on video, the camera pointed at the locked door of his bedroom while his abusive father pounds on the other side.
It gets worse: his mother is very ill and slowly dying, and his days at school are a combination of loneliness and being bullied. His only friend seems to be his cousin Matt (Alex Russell), who tries unsuccessfully to warn Andrew that carrying a video camera everywhere he goes is only going to make things worse.
Andrew, Matt and their other friend, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. 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..
Seen in the trailer below, they gain this sort of telekinesis power, similar to something you would see in the X-Men.
First time director Josh Trank’s best asset is also his greatest challenge: the first-person narrative style. What was once viewed as a gimmicky technique for low-budget productions – telling the entire story through “found footage” filmed by a character in the movie- it has become an increasingly popular concept.
Most movies of this sort fall into the horror genre, so Chronicle is unique in that sense. The characters are constantly filming things and never quite gets us on board with the explanation of what is going on at times, which seems awkward and artificial.
In its own way, it works. It gets us into the action. It gives Chronicle an intimacy that no previous superhero movie has really ever achieved.
I would rate this movie 4/5 stars and would highly reccomend people to see it.