Friday, August 17, 2012
Directed by Josh Trank
Starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw
Chronicle can effectively be described as Cloverfield meet X-Men. Three guys stumble across a mysterious object underground which gradually gives them supernatural powers but corrupts one of them. The premise sounds easy to say the least and in many cases it might've been but the movie benefits greatly from the "lost footage found" approach which was of course made big by the makers of The Blair Witch Project. What also elevates Chronicle (and the characters) to the skies are the subtle special effects. If this was a standard summer action movie, the FX could've easily taken over but since Chronicle aims much lower, they are there simply to enhance the story. The action does go up in the last reel but even then dictated by the torn relationships of the central characters.
Chronicle at IMDb