Watched Chronicle last night. I would be lying if I said I wasn't pretty bloody immersed. After the genre killer that was Quarantine, Chronicle breaths new life into the home video genre. But wheres't Cannibal Holocaust used it for shock and gore and The Last Broadcast and Blaire Witch used it for scares, Chronicle gives utilized the home recordins system to convey to us the emotions of three very ordinary school kids who are thrust into a situation where they have little understanding of what they are capable of. Interestingly the movie provides some genuinely funny moments in it's first act, followed my some great character building scenes later on. The movie makes a noticeably darker turn towards the end of the movie as one of the characters slips into evil, brought about not through his own misguided action but through the desire to help his mothet get, of all things, a pot of pills that could save her life. One thing I really loved about the movie was how the built up your hate for some characters. The school bullies, the local low lifes, the abusive father (whom, I think was clearly not alright in the head. Thinking he spends money on his kids education and pills for his wife when he clearly only spends it on Beer and Cable TV) all get the medicine soon enough.
But what I loved most where the three main leads, kudos the the three new found actors for making them not just your usual greedy teenagers but genuinely funny and entertaining guys who clearly cared for each other.
Over all, a great movie only occasionally flawed by a sudden continuity error, but they are few and far between, no movie is perfect, but chronicle is a great example of a movie that could well stand the test of time and become a favorite for fans for years to come. ****