100 movies: Chronicle

100 movies of 2012

ChronicleChronicle (23/02/12)

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

I think this film perfectly illustrates what teenage boys would do if they suddenly found themselves some super powers. Leaf blower up girls skirts. Check. Playing chicken with a baseball. Check. It’s very real in that sense. There’s no spandex. No super heroics. Just teenagers, being teenagers. That’s where this film’s at its best.

While I’ve been suffering a little bit from found footage fatigue, it worked here. I liked the small differences in different cameras. Though, I think they might have taken some liberties in the final BIG act.

The three guys, Alex, Andrew and Steve, were great. Though, at times I found it really hard to sympathise with Andrew. As Alex said, he can be so unnecessarily hostile, that no matter how bad his family life is, a part of me just didn’t care. Though at times I over-related to him and realised that was a truly terrifying thought.

The whole notion that humans are a being of will was nicely done here. It’s all about choice and choosing what to believe and what actions you want to carry out.

Personally, I enjoyed the film. Didn’t drag. And while the big showdown at the end was a little bit out of the feeling of the film, I didn’t mind it.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

10 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)