With the found-footage genre becoming more and more popular ever since famous films such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield", I was not surprised to see a new one this year. Although, I am not much of a fan of these types of films, I decided to see this one, simply because of how unique and somewhat original it felt.
Chronicle chronicles the story of three high school seniors who gain telekinesis abilities and more from a strange, blue rock underground one night. These three teens (Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell) Andrew, Steve, and Matt start out playing innocent pranks with their new found powers, but it soon takes a dark turn, as Andrew begins to use his powers for darker purposes.
The film isn't the most original, but it nails its story with superb actors and amazing writing. The three main actors performed fantastically, especially DeHaan who portrayed Andrew. His story was a great view into the troubled mind of an abused teen. While the story starts out light-hearted, it gradually takes a dark turn near the end, leaving the audience with great suspense and a truly awesome climax.
15 million isn't a lot to work with obviously, and, yes, the special effects (especially the flying scenes) look a bit too fake, it doesn't detract from the gripping story. It pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Some of the film's best scenes are simply Andrew undergoing his transformation into his more sinister self we see by the end of the film.
Unlike "Cloverfield", the film's recording style won't make you nauseous, but at times, it does fidget around a little too much.
Overall, Chronicle is a great entry into the found-film genre and is sure to delight fans of these types of films as well as superhero fans. Chronicle has the makings of a great superhero origin story and I loved the ending (although, a sequel is the last thing I want). Great actors, great story and an overall great movie. It is a tad too short, but a delightful film nonetheless. Its movies like this that make me want to become a super hero myself, give me a second, let me go find a mysterious rock in the woods, and I'll get back to you. 8.5/10