The new film ‘Chronicle’ had the potential to be a visceral, heartbreaking, and dread-inducing suspense version of ‘Carrie’ for the Columbine age.
But this potential is squelched on an unnecessary first-person, “found footage”-type approach that could have been much more fully realized if shot traditionally.
More than anything we’ve seen in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ films, this approach goes beyond the strain of credibility into ridiculousness. The basic premise is a strong one, and the lead character has a tremendously promising arc, but the filmmakers’ insistence on riding this current stylistic trend severely compromises much of the thrills and pathos that ‘Chronicle’ could have generated.
What begins with the potential of a ‘Carrie’ eventually climaxes into a silly teenaged version of ‘Superman II’.