Movie Review: Chronicle

Title: Chronicle
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Notable Cast: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. Summary from Official Movie Site

I was really excited to see this movie. The trailer made it look very interesting and like something I’d enjoy. While I did enjoy the movie and storyline, the filming method was something to be desired.

Andrew Detmer (played by Dane DeHaan), one of the three teenagers, decides to film his life. He’s not very popular at school and has a poor family life, so the camera puts a layer between him and the rest of the world. The story takes place as the audience watches what Andrew records.

While the camera movements aren’t as shaky/jerky as they are in The Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield, I still didn’t like the effect it gave the movie. I didn’t like that we didn’t get to see Andrew until later in the movie when he learns to use his abilities to hold the camera where he wants it to be. I also didn’t like that we didn’t get the whole story. Because it was shot from the kids’ perspectives, we never find out what they encountered (or at least if the object was alien or government) or why it gave them powers. I’m the type of movie goer that likes my questions answered, or at least most of them anyway. The story was set up well for a sequel, so maybe, we’ll find out more then. But, who knows, really.

I have no complaints about the acting or the special effects. I really liked the three main characters. The actors were convincing in the roles they played.

While watching the movie, I kept wishing I had their abilities. But, I think it’d be hard to control oneself, especially when frustrated or angry. (Superman must be a saint.) That concept brought a very interesting premise to the story.



  1. says

    I’m glad you did a review. I think the filming will bother me but, like you, I’m interested in the movie for the question it poses. If I had telekinesis I’d be a very large lazy super villain for sure.;)

    • says

      Ha! I’m sure I’d be a lazy something too. I’m not sure if I’d be a super villain though. I feel guilty too easily. But, I’m sure I’d lose control when my emotions get the better of me, which they do often.

  2. says

    Nice review, Jenni! You made great points about the direction and filming of the movie. I know those things would bother me too. I’m not sure if I’m willing to shell out $10 to see it on the theaters but I’m putting this one on my list to watch when it comes out on DVD. Thanks for the review. :)

    • says

      Yeah, I don’t blame you for not wanting to shell out $10 for it. It’s definitely worth watching once and Redbox or Netflix will totaly be fine for that one-time viewing.

  3. says

    That’s the movie I was in the hallway for while Dave and our friends watched. I lasted about 15 minuets with my eyes open, and maybe 10 more with them closed. Then I started to shake. When I shake I know I just can’t stomach it. STUPID motion sickness. I really wanted to see it too, not just hear it :) I HATE when they do “real” shooting, ’cause I can’t see it.

    • says

      Yeah, I’m not sure why they have to try to be artistic. I just want to enjoy the story in the simplest way possible. Sorry you couldn’t get through it. It did get better after a while, but it was still evil.

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