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Published February 5th 2012
When power falls in the wrong hands
The handheld camera experience is the newest form of film entertainment, creating a stronger sense of realism and fear. While Avatar established the 3D effect, Paranormal Activity influenced the often jerky, strategic and limited view projected to the audience. While adaptable to horror, some weren't sure whether it would work for a science fiction/superhero movie. Put simply, it definitely does, with Chronicle surpassing all expectation.
The film begins with Andrew, a tired-looking, unpopular teenager who deals with an abusive father and a dying mother. Deprived of sleep and friends, he hangs around with his cousin, Matt, who attempts to break the restraining social barriers. The two boys, along with another, Steve, find a hole in the ground one night and decide to explore, eventually re-emerging with telekinetic powers.
The story flows from this point, with the three protagonists firstly using their new found powers for pranks and fun, until the realisation of dominance begins to take hold, along with a growth in popularity and recognition. There are many scenes in Chronicle that are confronting, illuminated by the relationship between the central characters and the realism they portray. Containing unknown actors enhances the ride, leading to an epic conclusion that is not forgotten.
With a soundtrack of only sounds caught on camera, the eerie feeling does create a horror-like experience on occasions. This is a film not to be missed by anyone, especially as it runs at only 84 minutes, leaving every viewer wanting more.
The only question remaining is what would you do with a discovery such as this?