Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Chronicle.
For those of you too lazy to watch the trailer, I’ll summarize it for you. A small, ethnically diverse, group of teens discover they are developing strange telekinetic powers (a clear metaphor for puberty) after a bizarre run-in with an alien artifact. They then proceed to make an ill-fated attempt at solving the world’s crime problems with their new found abilities by terrifying innocent children and steering rednecks off of cliffs. One summer, a particular member of the group “develops” a bit faster than the rest and decides to use their abilities for their own personal gain. The police are involved, nobody leaves happy (and they killed off the ethnic diversity half way through, racists.)
That being said, I think the movie made good use of an original plot. What would the first few weeks of discovering new powers be like. I could only imagine the various sitcom-like shenanigans I’d pull if I had the ability to move things with my mind. For example, one of the characters erected a lego model of the Seattle Space Needle with only a series of wrist flicks and crooked grins. It was a prime example of the mix of awe and curiosity that would inevitably surround the entire situation.
The movie also showed the perfect application of the Star Wars-esque method of “identifying the amount of evil in a character by the darkness of the bags under their eyes.” For example.
That being said, due to an unnatural rising action speed and an overuse of superhero movie cliches, this movie gets 6.5-7/10
Stay Thirsty My Friends,