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 realises 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 [show more]
I had no expectations for this film with there being no major stars in the cast, however, it's funny and kept my attention throughout. An unexpected thumbs up!
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. Chronicle is an unconventional and slightly darker take on the superhero genre where three ordinary teenagers suddenly gain super powers and are able to do things they never imagined possible. Initially they have fun, but their pranks become ever more dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with extraordinary powers.
Josh Trank directs this teen sci-fi thriller filmed in hand-held documentary style. Three high school friends, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), Matt (Alex Russell) and Andrew (Dane DeHaan), become endowed with superpowers after making a once-in-a-lifetime discovery in an underground crater. Initially using their new-found powers to let loose a range of teenage pranks whenever they feel like it, the trio soon find their friendship tested to the limit when Andrew's ambitions take an altogether darker route, testing the very limits of their morality and sending their lives spinning out of control.