Chronicle is a pleasant surprise

5 Jul

CHRONICLE-FILM

The title comes from the lead character’s (Andrew) pursuit of documenting his life with an HD camera. Everyday he is faced with bullies at school and at home, until me makes an unexpected discovery. Chronicle is another “found footage” film that could have been boring, but thanks to some fine performances by a young cast (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly) the film successfully entices audiences to care about the protagonist’s incredible story. Coupled with some fine CGI wizardry the approach helps keep the film from becoming contrived and predictable mess. Instead, it is a unique and surprising piece of science fiction. It certainly has its moments where the script begins to fail, but the characters new-found special abilities awaken audiences’ imaginations and keeps them memorized as to see where these powers will lead them.

WORD COUNT: 139

Adam’s Grade: B-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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