Chronicle Review

Chronicle

Directed by: Josh Trank

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell

I am personally not a fan of the found footage genre because they try to make something that makes you think it is really but the story is so far removed that it is just terrible. Chronicle manages to make the genre a little more exciting and bearable with a story that is realistic yet stretches the imagination far enough to make an incredible interesting take on the genre. The story manages to so just how hard it is in high school if you a little different than others and blends that into the superhero genre by giving the main character Andrew super powers, which sets him apart from the students even more. The main focus here is that his mother is dying and when it is necessary he use his new found powers to acquire the means to help her by any means necessary. The movie is held together by the powerful performances by the leads and how the handle the story at hand. With the very limited budget the special effects are actually pretty good which leads to it being a lot more believable than other films like it. For what its worth the movie succeeds in creating something much different for the genre and brings together a great with a great casts.

A loner (Dane DeHaan) escapes his abusive home life and discovers a mysterious crater that gives him and two fellow high school students psychokinetic powers in this found-footage-style superhero film from director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis. DeHaan plays Andrew, a angsty teen whose mother is dying and whose father takes out his violent frustrations out on the boy. As a result, Andrew starts filming everything around him, including the dreadful night that he, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and the soon-to-be senior class president, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), wake up with superpowers after exploring a condemned piece of land housing an unexplained power source. The three bond over their newfound abilities, with Andrew clearly leading the pack in terms of control and strength. Despite their noble intentions, a darker streak appears in one of them as the other two try to take control over a situation that soon spirals into homicidal madness — all of which is captured on camera.

8 out of 10

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