An amazing journey into the lives of 3 very realistic teenage boys during a year in High School. Chronicle is the story of Andrew Detmer (Dane Dehaan), Matt Garetty (Alex Russell) and Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan) as they discover ultimate power through telekenesis and become the closest of friends for it. But with great power comes great responsibility and one of the boys isn’t able to handle his progression as his emotions and living conditions drive him to a darkness that only his friends can save him from.
If you are a fan of anime, this movie will ring very close to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira for you. The trio of friends include the standard abused, social misfit, the cool jock that everybody likes and then one very normal guy. Unlike most movies that take this angle however, Chronicle’s acting is very well done. I was easily impressed with Michael B. Johnson as Steve, who was the cool jock friend. It is normally hard to pull off that role yet he somehow made it easy and put to shame all of the players in the past that have tried it. Cool guys (especially teens) are typically unlikable, corny or dare I say douchebags, but not Steve. He stole every scene that he was in and the audience generally felt for him and cared for his well-being. Very, very impressive.
The one downside to Chronicle is the fact that it’s yet another 3rd person camera movie where we are led to believe that one of the friends is toting around a camera the entire time. Whenever the camera was off we were made to see things from someone else’s camera or security camera’s in the general vicinity, yet no explanation was given of this. I assume the footage (per the norm) is meant to be what was collected after “the event”, but that is purely speculative being that it was never told to us – the audience.
Chronicle had a very small cast of players which made it extremely easy to follow and the direction made it even easier to keep up with the lives of these 3 boys. The story was well done as it delved into the sci-fi area of super powers but keeps it home by touching on the all too common theme of bullying and child abuse.
Make sure you get out to see Chronicle as it is bound to become a cult classic amongst comic book nerds and sci-fi fans alike.