What would you do if you happened to develop superpowers? This is exactly the crux of Chronicle. Directed by Josh Trank, the movie revolves around three Seattle high school boys. The starting of the movie basically deals with the different worlds that these 3 guys come from & once they begin developing their powers is when the film really gets the ball rolling.
The first half of the film is a thrilling joyride that has loads of "Oooh" & "Aaah" moments that continue to keep things interesting. The interactions between all the characters, their situations & everything that gets them to their respective destinations in their stories don't feel contrived or "formulaic" in any way as most superpower movies tend to be. It all feels very real & this makes you empathize with the characters even more even if you know they aren't going on the right path.
Now onto the visual effects- one word: Splendid. I think whatever you've seen in the trailers should be enough testament to that- the flying, the car crushing, all of it is really well executed & hence doesn't distract you away from the movie.
The only main grouse that I did have with the movie? Towards the end of the film I think certain scenes & moments were added to just amplify the drama that was already present. There's some pretty unnecessary excess damage in some scenes for no reason but pure spectacle imo.
What I did love in this flick that you won't get in any X-Men movie or any comic book movie for that matter is this- just cos you got your leading characters developing superpowers doesn't mean you'll find them fighting crime, making sacrifices for the greater good no matter what. That's just not how it would roll in real life. We are human after all. I was just thinking to myself while watching the movie that it's probably the reason why we weren't born with such powers after all- cos someone somewhere would most definitely try to abuse it.
One of the taglines for Chronicle is "Not all heroes are super". Well if you are into this whole genre of movies, then this flick will unmistakably be super for you! Definitely catch it at your local cinema! I'd rate this movie a B+
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