Movie Review: Chronicle

While I’ve got the ball rolling…let’s do another quick movie review!

Chronicle is a superhero movie with a twist. It asks: what would really happen if ordinary people got superpowers? Would they instantly transform into the next Spider-Man? Would their traumatic early life events truly spur them on to a personal quest to set right the wrongs in the world?

The movie’s tagline, “Boys will be boys,” is pretty appropriate. Three high school kids who suddenly acquire telekinesis will, in all likelihood, pull some (damn hilarious) practical jokes, levitate Lego and play footy in mid-air. I mean, who wouldn’t?

The movie may seem predictable from the trailers but the point of Chronicle isn’t first and foremost to shock you out of your seat. To me, it was more of a tragedy. The elements of downfall are already in place from the beginning. Everything is constructed for eventual demise. In that sense, there is something almost myth-like or Shakespearean about the story. It is a little ironic that in one of the earlier scenes, Matt mentions “hubris” to Andrew, and is jovially shocked when Andrew doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

I thought that the three main characters were perfectly cast, and it was a good choice to pick relatively unknown actors. Casey was a little bit of a token blonde girl, but altogether not too boring.

I have only one warning about this movie: the camera-work is incredibly shaky. It follows in the footsteps of other “found-footage” films such as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. The style works well in this case, but if you’re not de-conditioned by a long history of playing first-person games, then try not to make the mistake I made of eating a big meal right before sitting six rows from the front of the cinema.

Verdict: Refreshing, satisfying, well-cast, nauseating to the uninitiated.


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