I have been wanting to see Chronicle for some time now and finally had a chance to watch it. I ended up liking it a lot.
The movie revolves around 3 teens: Andrew, Matt and Steve who discover a cavernous hole in the woods while they are at a party one night. After an encounter with whatever was down there, the boys acquire telekinetic powers. As their powers grow their friendship also becomes stronger. However, Andrew has a troubled home life, with an alcoholic father and terminally ill mother. Unfortunately, as his home life gets worse, his emotions get the best of him and his powers are harder to control.
The movie is shot in a first person point of view, where the camera is being held by one of the boys during the course of the movie (supposedly this is called found-footage). And it gives it the B-Movie type feel, or at least a semi-realistic point of view. It definitely reminds me of Cloverfield, where it tries to put the viewer in the scenes with the characters.
The effects are pretty cheesy, I have to say. When the boys learn to float and fly around, you can tell they are wearing harnesses and swinging on wires. Either way the movie is still fun to watch. It has its dark moments and it takes place in Washington state. Because of that, the skies are always gray and cloudy giving the movie even more atmosphere. Lastly, I think I liked it because it reminded me a lot of Akira. If you have ever seen Akira, you know that Tetsuo cannot control his immense powers and causes havoc. Well, same thing goes for Andrew in Chronicle.
Despite the lack of originality, the movie was still entertaining and sorta creepy to watch. You may like it. So, go ahead and check it out. [I should really start some sort of rating system for movies.]
Thanks for reading!