Alright, I’m not gonna lie… I was dying to see Chronicle after seeing those nonstop, vague trailers for it. I was intrigued to see what it was all about, so I went to go see it a little after it debuted (sorry for the tardy review).
Chronicle is about three guys –Andrew Detmer (Dan DeHaan), Matt Garetty (Alex Russell), and Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan) — who make a strange, underground discovery, which leads to the possession of superhuman powers. What are these powers, you ask? Oh, y’know, the ability to fly and move things with their minds… stuff like that. These newly acquired “powers” start off as fun and games, but things start to get a little unsafe when Andrew, the outcast of the group, begins to abuse his powers. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t want to rub Andrew the wrong way. Will Andrew take his powers too far before it’s too late?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to go see this movie because, as I mentioned, the trailers were so vague. Chronicle turned out to be a little darker than I had expected. While Matt and Steve used their new powers for fun, Andrew used his for revenge, whether it involved his abusive father or the bullies at school (and eventually innocent people). But, if all three boys used their powers for fun, then there wouldn’t have been much of a movie (thanks Andrew). There were definitely a few oh-my-God moments, including some unexpected twists. This was kinda one of those movies where you turn to the person next to you as the end credits are rolling and say something like: “what the hell just happened?”
While Chronicle wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, it still kept me entertained and I’m glad I saw it (although I probably could’ve waited until it came out on DVD). Overall, I think I’d give it 3/5 stars.