First off, I have to mention the unique style this movie was shot in: starting in the first person and moving to a mix of third and first towards the climax and end. This has been attempted before with horror movies (The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield), action movies (The Bourne Ultimatum), and many more which usually end up with me sick, but Chronicle was the exception. I enjoyed the personal moments you got with each character as they used or were filmed by the camera. It gave an additional “walk in my shoes” aspect that can be lost in translation to film.
Chronicle, however, was not unique in its concept. Three boys find a mysterious underground rock which is never explained and gain telekinesis from it. In the trailer it appeared that each character got an individual power but it was just their differences in skill that determined their abilities with telekinesis. The main character being the most adept at both large scale ambiguous movements (crushing cars, lifting huge objects) and more precise movements (constructing logo castles and ripping apart spiders from each joint). What he had in power he lacked in creativity, where the other two main characters had the idea to try new things like flying. The character development was predictable and very typical:
(SPOILER ALERT) the mistreated underdog who is blamed by his father for his mothers sickness, and bullied at school, becomes the revengeful sociopath referencing Darwinian ideals to justify his madness. The token black guy, guess what … dies, which was crappy because he had some of the best acting and believability as a character. The pot head with a conscious become the protagonist due to an awakening with his powers, love, and the death of the third main character. (END SPOILER ALERT)
The end is left open for future explanation in perhaps a sequel, which I think could make for a great mini-TV series where more individuals are exposed to the “alien” rock and experience similar freeing experiences driven to find the source of their awesome powers. The acting was good, the graphics good, the cinematography GREAT, the concept old but still loved by this geek, but overall lacked luster. There is nothing specific I can say bad about the film just really didn’t get the juices flowing.
Rating: 6 out of 10