“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.”– IMDB

This is the description…or summary that IMDB provides…but I don’t think it does it justice.  First of all, you should see this movie, no matter who you are…you should see this movie.  Chronicle is a movie about super powers, but with a twist.  Chronicle actually answers the question, “What would you do IF you got super powers.?”  In doing so, it attempts to put you in the driver seat.  I will go so far as to say that this movie is one giant 4th wall break, and it’s done with the camera.

We start off with the first of the 3 main characters who is a troubled teen, he’s no determinable friends, other then his cousin, and even he is distant.  He could be describe as our hero.  “A kid from humble beginnings.”  This kid literally has shit thrown at him everyday.  He’s tormented at school, beaten by his dad at home, and his mom is deathly sick.

Following him is the cousin, a.k.a.”side-kick character.”  He’s kind of the foil to the hero, and the pretty boy with everything, who’d you’d expect would end up being the villain at some  point.  So with our standard tri-fecta in place, let’s get to the story.

So the MAJORITY is shot in a documentary style, but kinda not.  You see we, as the viewer, are the camera, and not just one camera…WE are every camera.  We start as one camera filming a sons interaction with his abusive father, his ill mother, and members of his school populace.  Most of these interactions are generally what you would expect from the various situations he finds him self in.  His father beats him, the time he spends with his mother revolves around him taking care of her, and his interactions with his colleagues range from, “You’re creepy”, to “you’re a punching bag.”  Most of the movie carries on this way until the three characters attend a rave, and end up going into a mysterious hole that contains a strange stone, and the camera messes up and blanks out.

It’s at this point that the tone of the movie starts to change.  We’re thrown back into the mix with he above mentioned protagonists, and we’re informed that it’s been a few days since the incident occurred, and a lot has changed with the three.  First of they of course have new super powers, but at a price, nose bleeds.  We witness the growth of the three, for example the owner of the camera, the kid that gets beat and picked on, has developed his skills and proves himself to be better at moving objects then then other two, the cousin seems to be the super strength as shown when he’s stabbed with a fork, and the popular kid, figures out how to fly.  Each one learns how to do a specific skill the other knows really well.  Again we at this point are the camera, so we’re seeing their growth and progress, but we’re also seeing a lot of the pain from the son, as he is the owner of the camera.  As they’re powers grow, so to does their interactions with each other and their peers.  The son becomes more social and uses his talents to win a talent show, but in winning, he suffers embarrassment during a party.  The cousin, attempts to make connection with an old childhood friend, but she makes it very difficult for him to do so.  The popular kids girl friend is starting to annoy him because he wants to expand himself and his circle of friends.  From the viewer perspective, these are typical, in some regard, high school issues, others are serious parental/child abuse issues.  The story tends to get darker as we start to see the three use their powers for not so good purposes.  A lot of what they use the powers for is to pull pranks.  Once everything comes to ahead, we begin to see who the villain of is.  Once the villain is revealed we begin to see the conflicts with each characters problems.  The abusive parent attacks the son, and abuses him both physically and verbally.  The son then realizes he has the power to fight back and proceeds to do so.  A majority of the problem resolution occurs in the same fashion.  The whole thing ends in a very well written and choreographed fight scene I’ve ever seen…mostly because we never see it happen.  We see the results.  Remember we’re a character in this movie.  We are the camera, every camera.  So we have people filming the last fight between our protagonists and our villain, and we see only things from the civilians prospective.  This is a great way to really display the amount of damage done, because we’re focused on the power the two put out and the damage done and how cool it looks when it happen, we never think about what happens to the people, or the buildings.  The larger portion of Seattle gets destroyed and a lot of people die in the process, and peoples lives are torn up because of this fight.

As a whole Chronicle a wonderful super hero movie, it takes the characters post super power, and makes us realize that they’re still kids, teenagers with teenage problems who, at the end of the day, were given powers they don’t understand and are forced to learn to use them, and decide how to use the, either for good or bad.  Each character is forced to make this decision based off of the circumstances placed in front of them.  The movie itself forces us as the camera to ask ourselves two questions.  First, “What would you do if you had super powers?”, and second “If it came down to it, would you be able to do what needed to be done, to save the people you love from something that would hurt them, or could be able to save the world from something bigger and stronger then yourself?”  It also poses one bigger question,  “Would you really want super powers if you had them?”  It does this by putting us in the middle of the action as the camera.  My personal answer is an honest, I don’t really know.  You should go see this movie and answer that question for yourself, as for me…I really don’t know.