A few months ago I used to see commercials for the movie Chronicle. It looked really cool. Even my husband and teen daughter thought it looked really interesting. As usual we never had the opportunity to see it in the movie theater. The best we could do was wait for the movie to become available on Blu-ray and/or DVD.
Chronicle is officially available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download TODAY.
Here is the movie’s synopsis;
Take an extraordinary journey with three teens who uncover a power greater than anything they’ve ever imagined. Up-and-coming actors Dane DeHaan (“True Blood”), Alex Russell (Almost Kings) and Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”) star alongside Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) in the innovative action film Chronicle, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control as their darker sides begin to take over. What starts out as fun and games quickly becomes dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with their remarkable powers.
Utilizing hand-held filmmaking techniques to create a realistic and exciting viewing experience, the Chronicle Blu-ray boast a director’s cut of the film and unseen footage that offer a deeper glimpse into the events that took place with the students. Special features include deleted scene, camera test, pre-viz materials and more.
My husband and I watched the film first. Even though its rated PG-13 I like to view things before allowing my kids to see it. I’m still on the fence as to if I want to let them see the movie or not. I found it to be a wee bit too violent for my liking as far as my kids are concerned, not to mention a lot of partying.
The film is shot primarily as if you are viewing what is going on through the lens of a video camera. Similar to movies like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. I’m not a bit fan of this type of cinematography. It tends to be shaky and bounces around a lot and personally makes me lose track of what is going on.
The film opens with loner Andrew (DeHaan) using his video camera. He decided that he wanted to document his life and film every moment of it, from the beatings of his abusive father to the bullying he has to deal with at school. Andrew’s cousin Matt (Russell0 finds it silly but goes along with it anyway.
One night at a party their friend Steve (Jordan) asks them to come into the woods with him. He especially wanted Andrew to bring along his video camera.
In the woods there is a mysterious hole. For some odd reason the boy decide to go into the hole (I certainly would NOT do that!). Inside the hole they find a bizarre crystal. It causes them to have bloody noses and they pass out.
The next time we see the boys they are in a yard playing around with a baseball. The movie doesn’t cover how they got from the hole to the backyard.
Whatever that crystal was it gave the boys a special “gift’ – super powers. At first the powers are more like magic tricks like making a ball levitate in the air or waving their hands around some Lego’s to create the Seattle’s Space Needle.
As time goes on their powers get stronger and stronger. Soon they are able do move cars and even fly.
The boys agree that they shouldn’t use their powers for evil, and they shouldn’t utilize them in public. However Andrew becomes increasing “dark” and tries to master his powers so that he can take full advantage to them, even if it means viciously attacking the boy who bullies him at school.
As Andrew gets more and more out of control Steve and Matt try to stop him. Unfortunately Andrew is at a point of no return. Their once innocent “parlor tricks” are now leading to death and mayhem.
Will Steve and Matt be able to stop their friend before it’s too late? You just need to pick up a copy of Chronicle to find out.
Here is the movie’s trailer. If you have a moment you should check it out. If you are reading this post via e-mail you can find the video here,
I have to say that the special effects were outstanding. They were pretty cool. I especially like the end of the movie where Andrew toss a city bus at Matt.
I did find the movie to be a bit “dark”. Not like a horror movie, but it was still “dark”, if you know what I mean?
It was very slow at times, and often it was a bit predictable. I could have done without some of the violent scenes too.
I can see this movie appealing more to teenage or college age boys/men.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being incredibly awesome I would give Chronicle a 6.
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*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.