Chronicle is a found footage film in the vein of Blair Witch and Cloverfield that follows the lives of three high school teens Andrew, Matt and Scott, who discover a meteor crater and obtain telekinesis, super strength and flying ability after a strange event that wipes out their memories of what happened. One of the teens named Andrew films everything they do and he gets strong enough where he uses his powers to keep the camera filming hands free at all times. As the story progresses along, the three teens powers grow and their pranks and pratfalls become larger and larger. Andrew, the main character in this film is like an evil Peter Parker. He has an abusive father, very few friends and has always been ostracized from fellow teenagers in his community. He doesn’t have a strong role model to tell him like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker that with “great power comes great responsibility”. As the three friends become more and more powerful, Andrew becomes disillusioned with his life, friends and family and begins to spiral downhill mentally and emotionally. This culminates in a showdown, which will only leave one super powered person standing.
The Chronicle of these events is the most amazing thing of I have seen this year! The Chronicle is a fresh take on the superhero genre, which makes the film even more up close and personal than your traditional hero movie fare. Teenagers and adults alike will feel a personal connection to this film due to its realistic portrayal of high school kids who are suddenly given enormous powers. The fight scenes seem like they would be happening right outside my window in the street. The most awe inspiring part of the film to me is when the three friends learn how to fly and are up in the atmosphere flying and playing football. Many may say this movie is stealing from Smallville or Heroes, but those shows didn’t even pop into my head to compare it to. This movie is more like the Japanese anime “Akira” than anything else. All I can say is this film is amazing, funny, chilling and refreshing!