Two major, overarching reasons why you should save your money and your emotional stability and forgo seeing “Chronicle”.
Reason 1: It’s lazy Sci-Fi.
This is not my biggest quarrel with the movie, but it does become an issue. You can probably tell from the style of the trailers that they don’t explain much of the acquisition of the powers. I’m fine with that, it fits the format of the movie.
But there are too many moments where a particular ability is introduced and it never comes up in the movie again, not even at very particular, very specific major points where the using such an ability would alter the course of the fucking movie. Also, once in awhile, the characters completely forgo using telekinesis in situations where it would benefit them to do so. It’s annoying.
Reason 2: The character development is not believable.
The development of the movie’s main character is the crux of the entire film and they don’t execute it at all. As you can tell from the trailers, Andrew eventually goes out of control. This transition is hard to watch, and hardly believable. Once he’s finally out of control, it’s hard to even root for him as an out-of-control bad-ass. He just sucks. And it’s not even viable for his character to have gotten that way based on what we saw.
All-in-all, it was a great idea, executed well for about… 1/3 of the movie, I would say. But the discontinuity of some of the sci-fi elements begins to wear on you by the film’s final act, and the final act itself is completely impossible to watch or appreciate if you were paying attention for most of the movie.
2 out of 5 stars only because it was a great idea. The “Carrie” meets young Anakin Skywalker thing didn’t fly for me though.