Failure of style over substance

Failure of style over substance

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Photo: Diyah Pera
Chronicle is the in the found-footage school - almost. It's less found-footage, and more that it incorporates the hand-held, point-of-view shots meant to replicate an amateur camera person, as the primary (possibly entire) mode of storytelling.

Teen Andrew (Dane DeHann) lives with his abusive father and terminally sick mother. "I'm filming everything here on out," as a way to protect himself, he says. And so begins the chronicling of his whole life.

One day, Andrew, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and friend Steve (Michael B Jordan) discover an Area-51-type cave and, days later, develop superpowers. Soon there's a power struggle, and Andrew's pent-up frustration takes hold.

"Realistic" sci-fi is taken to new heights, with the bonus of dude-with-superpowers pranking the unsuspecting. After a while, though, the novelty wears thin. You're left with a film that fails to rise above the incredible effects. Also, Act IV is incredibly silly; the final conflict ends too abruptly.

Chronicle is too caught up in the spectacle of found-footage to go beyond the restraints of the genre. No doubt, shooting an entire film with a hand-held is restrictive. It's tricky - conform 100 per cent to the tradition, or diverge a little for the sake of clarity or a better shot. Chronicle chooses the former, so often fails to create an interesting shot. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with a traditional narrative.

YP Rating: 2/5



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