Chronicle is a science fiction film by young director Josh Tank, which was released on February of this year. Considering its “relative” low budget of $15 million, it has already grossed almost $100 million at the box office, so far. Generally, it has been received with favorable reviews and it is currently sitting at 7.5 on a scale of ten, at IMDB.
I would not say that this movie is going to set you on fire but it does have its unique character. The most salient one is the camera work. You see, the movie is shot from within the story itself. Young high school teenager and unpopular loner Andrew Detmer, buys a camcorder and he begins filming, non-stop everything that happens in his life. Basically, we watch the movie throughout a home video camera. The quality is purposely low: thus, giving us a realistic effect. Kind of like a home-made real life documentary.
At times this technique could be a little bit of a nuisance but fortunately the storyline carries the movie. Even though, the script relies on some true and tried clichés, which make it somewhat predictable; it still manages to keep your attention on the characters as they evolve. And in the case of Andrew, we see him morph, psychologically, into a dangerous monster.
By some coincidence, Andrew, his cousin and almost big brother Matt and a popular football player in school called Steve, discover some alien craft underneath the earth and after they go check it out up close, they realize that somehow they have been altered, acquiring telekinetic powers.
At first, these powers are a source of fun and pranks. But soon enough, they evolve into huge source of power and unfortunately these kids are not prepared to deal with the consequences. In some ways, the metamorphosis takes on a psychotic character that endangers a lot of people such as that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
There are quite a number of special effects but these are not on par with the Star Wars saga and/or Avatar. However, I thought they were good enough to support the storyline. All in all, I think this movie is worth seeing it.
Movie Trailer (2012)