Another sci-fi blockbuster 'found footage' premise that utilises the canon for some pertinent characterisation of 'masculinity in crisis' adolescents (one with hubris worthy of a Greek tragedy). No matter how contrived, its pathos, and the haunting uncanny realism in the depiction of sci-fi elements, takes this noble effort out of the mediocre.
Definitely surprised at how much I liked this. The found footage aspect was pretty good (the first and only good one I've seen this year), the visuals great considering the low budget, and the depth and substance to be sufficient, which adds to the sympathy for the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed. For once, a mainstream film wasn't all hype, weak delivery.
This film was a breath of fresh air. Sci-fi films are trending towards smarter, more efficient uses of special effects with an emphasis on premise rather than flashy light shows. Chronicle is only the latest in this new breed of films. The nod to Akira, with Andrew draped in a hospital gown for the film's climax, was most appreciated.
Sort of good and sort of stupid. Good in that it holds the attention, stupid in that the film climax gets out of hand. The most unbelievable aspect is that the three friends manage to keep their discovery and powers a secret. The best parts are the acting, the slow build, the look and feel and the philosophical sound bites. 3.5 stars
Depending on how you see this, you will give it more or less latitude. It is a very good teenage movie. I'm not sure it tries to be more than that. It wouldn't be a great sci-fi film. The hand-held camera, documentary done by one of the characters style is not a plus. And there would be nothing wrong if the approach was simply Teenage Heroes, or Growing Up (pun intended). It has some nice moments. Fun enough, though.