Movie Review: Chronicle

It’s conventional, predictable, and contrived but great performances and an inventive approach to the handheld format make it an entertaining and relatable film.

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. — (C) Official Site

Chronicle puts a fresh spin on the handheld format, By using its premise the film was able to avoid the jerky camera, sparing the audience from the old headache inducing gimmick and managing to provide some cinematic shots.

The film is lead by three unknown actors which made it grounded. They were all good, but Dane Dehaan stands out as the troubled outsider.

However when you set aside the tricks of its trade, Chronicle is a conventional and predictable morality play about power.

You’re given three stock characters – the outcast, the cool kid, and the likeable douchebag. You pretty much know who loses control, who dies and who manages to survive and learn the moral lesson.

Chronicle isn’t also immune to the main pitfall of its own format. Towards the end it ditches the amateur handheld camera and upgrades to a pro, just in time to stage the climax and final act, tearing down the suspension of disbelief.

Nonetheless, Chronicle is an entertaining and fast paced action film that’s equal parts science-fiction, superhero origin story, and teenage drama with a clever take on the worn out handheld camera format.

My Rating: 7/10

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