Chronicle

Last week I was browsing Amazon for movies on BluRay when I stumbled upon “Chronicle“. The title didn’t ring a bell, but the cover looked kinda interesting, so I gave it a closer look. It turned out that I actually had seen the trailer a couple of years ago, but then forgot about the movie. Since I liked the premise of the movie, I put it into my shopping cart.

Chronicle is a movie about three teenagers who stumble upon some strange crystal which grants them telekinetic powers. As you can imagine things quickly spiral out of control. One of the three, a reclusive young man with an abusive father and a dying mother, starts to misuse his powers while the others try to keep him under control.

Chronicle is basically a superhero movie, but with a more realistic take on the subject. With power comes great responsibility, that may be true for Spiderman, but in real life power often leads to corruption. What really surprised me that I haven’t really heard or read much about Chronicle in the last years. The story is interesting, the characters are believable, and it’s a welcome change from the standard superhero fare. I guess that it’s probably not superhero-y enough for the comic fans and too weird fo the mainstream crowd, so it didn’t make a big impact. It’s not a great movie, but definitely a good one, and probably worth your time.

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  1. Chronicle was a success. It was a small independent film but it made a lot money during its release. If anything the movie put the spotlight on the people involved with film. Actor Dane DeHann went on to play Harry Osborne in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Michael B. Jordan is in a number of high profile roles including playing the Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four reboot which is also being directed by Josh Frank, the director of Chronicle. Finally the last piece of interest is that Max Landis (son of John Landis of Animal House and Blues Brother fame) wrote the script for the film. Chronicle is definitely a film where a number of people have gotten their big breaks and it is noted for that.

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