Chronicle (2012)

What would you do if you had super powers? Would you use them for good, or for something else? Andrew and his friends discover an object hidden deep beneath the earth that endows each of them with extraordinary abilities, but as they soon learn, with great power comes great responsibility. CHRONICLE is their story, as told from Andrew's camcorder. The use of the first-person perspective in this is both a blessing and a curse, as always. It is often difficult to accept the footage as fact when it is so cleanly shot and scripted, which prevents the complete suspension of belief. As a work of pure fantasy, however, it pushes the concept to its veritable extremes, exploring the psychology of the super hero from an entirely new perspective. Andrew, Matt, and Steve take us through their daily lives, the challenges they face as teenagers, and show us just how thin the line is between good and evil. Little pranks have costly results, and without constant restraint, their virtually-limitless abilities quickly grow out of control. What director Josh Trank achieves in camera and through the seamless special effects is nothing short of amazing. Any of the believability that is lost in the storytelling is more than made up for in the clever camera work and the super-charged ending. Super hero fans cannot afford to miss CHRONICLE!

Rating: 9/10.

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