Chronicle review

Director:
Josh Trank
Cast:
Dane DeHaan
Alex Russel
Michael B. Jordan
Ashley Hinsaw
Rated: PG-13

It’s very rare that I can see a movie which I will consider one of my favorite of the year as early as February but, “Chronicle” did it.

“Chronicle” tells the story of three teenage high school boys, Andrew (DeHaan), Matt (Russel) and Steve (Jordan). At first, Andrew is a bit of an outcast. Early in the film he decides to start filming everything around him. Eventually he goes to a party with Matt and Steve and the three come across a cavern with a mysterious rock which gives all three of them the power of telekinesis.

After this the three start hanging out more and become very good friends while learning to strengthen and better control their new found powers. During this time they pull some pranks and have some fun however they soon learn about how dangerous they can be as well and Andrew unfortunately begins going down a bad path.

“Chronicle” was a film trying to be a found footage film, a teenage drama and a super power story, and it nailed each of the genres it contained perfectly. The story is paced perfectly, as we get to see the three becoming good friends, learning how to use, what it means to have powers and what happens when you lose control. These plot points were all handled with care, the film manages to balance the bits of high school drama, humorous scenes and the darker third act all very well.

It is a shorter film being only at 84 minutes and this means not much explanation on the origin of the powers but it’s almost not necessary here as the film puts most of it’s focus on the characters, and that part it does exceptionally well.

The actors were mostly unknowns but their performances in this film really displayed their talent. All three of the actors made the characters very believable and real, nothing seemed phoned in. The camaraderie and friendship between the three feels natural which really helps on the emotional side of the film whether it pertains to humor or tragedy.

Credit should also go to the writers who came up with great dialogue as well. Once again, making it seem very natural and real. I find the dialogue for the teenagers in this much more believable then some bigger teen films that are out there. From lines that are funny to lines that are serious, everything works.

The film also succeeded in making due with what they had. This film didn’t have the giant budget that some other films have and yet it exceeded many recent action films. The special effects look awesome and the powers that they have are great. One scene in particular shows the three teens flying and it is absolutely breathtaking.

There is very little to complain about in “Chronicle.” There was one character, Casey (Hinsaw) who was mainly just used for another camera angle and nothing really more

However that is just a very minor complaint in an overall phenomenal film, this movie gets basically everything right. It’s the best found footage film that has been put out and is easily the best of 2012 so far. I’ll give this one a 5 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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