Posted on 2/05/12 03:47 PM
First off, I'm usually not able to sit through a 'found footage' film(they are too shaky) in the theater because I get motion sickness pretty easily on the big screen so always wait for the DVD/Blu-ray. However, this movie seemed interesting to me according to the positive reviews and the intriguing storyline so I checked it out in the theater anyway. The first 5-10 minutes took a little getting use to because of my condition, but I managed. Also, the movie wasn't too shaky because it would switch to regular movie cinematography and back often.
Okay, the movie was pretty impressive! The character development was deeper than I expected. Three teenage friends discover something like a meteor that crashed near a party they are attending. They check it out and somehow develop powers. I really felt sorry for Andrew(the nerd of the three) who was a victim of many circumstances and the most powerful character of the three. So the movie begins with Andrew adjusting his video camera facing his bedroom door and later on in the movie the camera or cameras are floating around because Andrew gets better control of his ability more accurately so he has it filming throughout the movie almost subconsciously. I don't understand how some critics did not get that. Anyway, towards the last 30-45 minutes of the movie, I started thinking about the anime 'Akira' and how this is kind of like a revamped live-action American version. I don't really remember much about 'Akira', but compared to 'Chronicle', 'Chronicle' takes the cake for me.
The situations combined with the action scenes really made the movie work well for me. I really enjoyed the scenes where they were practicing their powers or telekinesis. If I hadn't seen all the 'X-Men' movies first, I would have enjoyed it more. I didn't think the movie lagged much, because I have the patience for the character development and the script was different for this type of genre. I couldn't help it but I was rooting for the nerd gone rogue, Andrew after he was blamed for someone who died in the film. I wanted him to take out all of his bullies. This movie was so emotionally involving that I would almost consider this more like a drama with action in it. Great job to the director!