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‘Chronicle,’ a super powered flop

February 24, 2012

If you’re in the mood for a straightforward superhero movie filled with damsels in distress, pompous super villains and dashing, polite protagonists, then “Chronicle” probably is not the movie for you.

Instead, it is the story of Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan), his cousin Matt Garretty (Alex Russell) and a high school friend Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan) as they find a mysterious source of power which grants them all telekinetic powers. Andrew, unlike his two accomplices, leads a very depressing life. His mom is dying from a chronic illness, his former fire-fighter father has become an alcoholic after an accident at work left him useless and Andrew is constantly bullied at school.

Unfortunately, Andrew gives into his hate, or “the dark side,” if you will, and starts going mad with power, referring to himself as an “apex predator.” He feels that since he is an all powerful being, he should treat everyone else like garbage, and essentially becomes a bully.

Following in the footsteps of other mockumentary films such as “Cloverfield” or “District 9,” this flick is filmed entirely from the perspective of a home video camera that Andrew uses to document his life during the movie. Other new cameras used by characters are also used, and it is neat how the cameras coordinate to show the best possible shot of the scenes going on.

Throughout the movie, the special effects are well-done, and it is interesting how the superpowers are realistically used by teenagers. They mess with children, play football in the clouds and play pranks at first. The best part is definitely when they are learning how to fly around.

However, we found this movie to be more disappointing than entertaining. The protagonist, despite being in a really terrible situation, is thoroughly unsympathetic and we found ourselves spacing out whenever he started complaining about random subjects. Also, most of the dialogue in many of the scenes was forced and felt awkward. Many of the characters never had any development added to them over the course of the film because all of the attention was focused on Andrew.

To top it all off, the ending was one of the most anti-climactic endings ever seen in a film, let alone a superhero movie.

It is great that Joshua Tank, the director, tried to make a more angst-filled, adolescent version of a super hero film, but we both felt it had potential to be a much more interesting and deeper movie.

James Gascoin & Zach Monti
Contributing Writers

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