A tale of teenage anguish and coming-of-age revelations, Chronicle is 2012's sleeper hit. Functioning as both a psychic horror story and a superhero origin story in beta form, director Josh Trank's flick is a rather inventive documentary-approach to the subgenres.
Actor Dane DaHaan plays troubled Andrew with intense vigor, constantly filming all of his troubles as a chronicle. It is implied that the motivation for this is attributed to his abusive father—a root cause for Andrew's pain and afflictions that he, the victim, will later cause himself. When Andrew and his fellow teens, cousin Matt and student body president Steve, stumble upon a strange alien presence, they all begin to possess extrasensory perception or telepathic abilities. As the teens normal routines start to become increasingly abnormal due to their own tricks, the questions as to whether these kids are going to far begin to arise.
The most important aspect to this film is the rather truthful and realistic day-by-day activities mixed with the extraordinary deity-like feats the kids perform throughout the story. The film's wonderful theme circles around the reasons behind rules and why human beings need them. Otherwise, we may go too far out of pure, uninhibited convenience.