Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important ... See full summary »
Jorge Michel Grau
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »
The shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer is bullied and has no friends at high-school and lives with his abusive and alcoholic father Richard Detmer and his terminally ill mother Karen. Andrew buys a camera to film his everyday life. His cousin Matt Garetty drives him to school and invites Andrew to go to a party at night. They meet their schoolmate Steve Montgomery in the party and they overhear a noise and find a hole in a field. They decide to explore the underground and they acquire powers. Soon the trio learns how to control their telekinetic abilities and Andrew becomes the most powerful. But he easily loses his temper and becomes dangerous while Matt tries to control him. When his mother needs a medicine and Andrew does not have enough money to buy it, his darker side overcomes and he becomes a menace. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The song This Bright Flash, by M83 that plays during the end credits features only one line of lyrics: "I killed all the rainbows and the species." See more »
Fifth Avenue, which travels southbound from the Space Needle, has the monorail above it, at the time, Seattle's only elevated train, which is not shown as Matt and his girlfriend are inside the car being manipulated by Andrew. See more »
I am soooo glad I chose to watch this at the cinema...I usually don't go to cinemas but it was a night out and we chose Chronicle.
I was expecting a "Sky High" type of film and thank god it wasn't (although that film was brill too!) I actually wouldn't recommend kids watch this film.
I didn't know it was a "hand-held camera aspect" type of film and that probably would have put me off but honestly, it really doesn't matter at all and I thought it helped with building a believable story from the kids' perspectives.
It has the usual groan-inducing moments of explaining why the camera is constantly on but that's to be expected.
Story-wise, can't really fault it. It is realistic and the effects are superb; probably some of the best flying sequences I have seen in a while.
Couple of downsides: I would have liked the "abusive father" stuff to have been less restrained and / or the mother and son scenes to be more poignant because frankly, I personally didn't "quite" believe one of the kid's motivation for the things he did; it was also weird that the cousin didn't really spend time with his aunt...I don't want to give too much away though.
I also wasn't happy with the final scene. The ending itself was absolutely superb - I wasn't expecting it to be as massive as it was thinking their budget might prevent that but it was amazing. The final scene left me feeling like it wasn't necessary - but it didn't detract from anything that had gone before, it just meant I looked at my friend afterwards and said "why?" instead of "wow!".
But we were both animatedly talking about how brilliant the film was for hours after and how glad we were that we watched it.
One final thing; something happens in the film that I'm not going to spoil...but it was totally unnecessary and harsh - you will know when it happens.
Best and most satisfying film I've seen in ages, 10/10
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