Chronicle stands out amongst other ‘found footage’ films
The movie follows three teenage boys who begin to experience telekinesis after exploring an abandoned hole.
The main character, Andrew, is forced to deal with an abusive father and a cancer-stricken mother, and he begins to doubt himself with verbal assault from his father, prompting him to take this anger out on others.
He separates from his friends and gets stronger on his own, eventually spreading panic over the city.
While Andrew is out robbing a convenience store to fund his mother’s medication, his father goes after him and his mother passes away that night – irony when you would least expect it. Andrew sets fire to the store, inflicting third degree burns on himself.
In one scene, Andrew lifts a spider using telekinesis – and kills the spider by separating its limbs from its body. Throughout the movie, instead of holding the camcorder, he simply films with his mind – the camera just follows them in the air due to his ability.
As with most found footage films, the beginning is low-key and lacks interest in the viewer, without much of a rising action. However, when the climax hits it is understood why the movie is rated so well.
Chronicle stunned me, and it left me wanting to have telekinesis despite the consequences – I think it would be completely awesome to have that ability.
The movie amazes you with every turn as you follow their journey. You see the characters discover their talents and better them.
It definitely showcases the movie with a feel that hits closer to home. It is not a typical superhero movie; the science fiction aspect hints more of a Columbine feel.
Chronicle is a must-watch for fans of any genre.