By Justin Mathew Dennis |Staff Writer|
A story about three friends who make an incredible discovery just might be the most thrilling film of the new year.
The movie “Chronicle” puts a new twist in ‘found-footage’ films that have become more popular in recent years and have made films such as “Paranormal Activity” and “The Last Exorcism” commercial successes.
The movie is an exhilarating roller coaster and definitely worth seeing more than once.
It has explosive scenes and inconceivably entertaining action, in addition to touching your heart.
Director Josh Trank did a wonderful job incorporating fun and adventure into a sci-fi film while using mind-blowing visual effects.
The film revolves around three friends gaining superpowers after making a remarkable underground discovery.
Andrew, the main protagonist, is an outcast and not used to the attention and popularity his new found powers have bestowed upon him. His mother is dying from cancer and his alcoholic father is abusive, which adds to the character’s tension.
Andrew, played by Dane DeHaan, is the first to figure out how to control the new telekinetic power the three friends have obtained.
He documents everything using a video camera, showing his perspective throughout the film. He uses his telekinetic powers to hold the camera, creating different angles and perspectives.
The ever popular Steve (Michael B. Jordan) and Andrew’s cousin Matt (Alex Russell) also gain these powers. As the three become stronger, their real test of strength is to refrain from abusing their superpowers and to instead use them responsibly.
The boys have their fun and games, such as moving objects around to scare people and goofing around at house parties.
As their powers become stronger, they learn to fly and even enjoy a fun game of football in the clouds.
Despite this, Andrew is continually challenged not to take advantage of those around him with his new super abilities. He fights with himself and tries not to lose control.
The film’s climax is one of the most insane and satisfying action sequences in a long time, and solidifies it as one to remember.
Overall, “Chronicle” has its blends of both comedic and light tones with very dark, twisting elements that bring a dramatic feel.
This sci-fi flick will definitely attract many “X-Men” and Marvel fans and any movie goer who desires a thrilling and moving action film.
Trank was able to use the mockumentary strategy and the story’s concept to produce some incredible shots.
When all is said and done, “Chronicle” is a film that showcases mind-bending action and adventure with characters you can understand, laugh and empathize with.
The year is still new, but “Chronicle” has already set the bar extremely high for action films.