When three high school friends discover a strange buried crystal, their exposure gives them strange powers. Yet, as their powers grow, so does the danger in using these powers.
“Chronicle” is an unweildy hydra. It is a sci-fi film, a superhero film, a coming-of-age film and a teen angst film and each fights to lead this predictable film.
Andrew (Dane DeHaan), Matt (Alex Russell) and Steve (Michael B. Jordan) are exposed to a strange unexplained entity and begin to display telekinetic powers.
Touching on themes of bullying, abuse, adolescence, death and grief, this film displays a surprising depth within 90 minutes. Is it thought-provoking? Somewhat. What this film excels in is youthful exuberance. Perfectly capturing the teenage ethos of wanting to fit in, trying to find one’s place in the world and pure unthinking adolescent stupidity, these youths use their powers in mundane ways. They are so enamored of their powers, they rarely consider the consequences of their actions – until it’s too late.
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