Roger Moore, MCT News Service, Published February 02 2012
Review: 'Chronicle' is teen superheroes with teen problemsTeenagers acquire super powers and videotape themselves in “Chronicle,” a fun comic-book movie without the comic book.
Featuring effects that put the last two “Spider-Man” movies to shame, engaging, believable characters and a kind of real-teens/real-problems melodrama, this makes an entertaining exercise in that child’s game, “What would YOU do if you had super powers?”
You know that virginal, nerdy, downtrodden Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is going to address every tormentor and every torment (the sex thing) once he’s wandered down that crater and touched the magic, pulsating crystals. His cerebral cousin, Matt (Alex Russell), will get to test out what he’s read about humans as “beings of pure will.” And Steve (Michael B. Jordan), the popular kid, will find something to do with his new skills in telekinesis.
The clever conceit here is that each boy already has the emotional issues or personality that will inform how he handles great, seemingly unlimited power. They can goof around, figuring out who can take a smack from a baseball and who can master flying first. But when teenagers do what teenagers do – act impulsively – some will handle the consequences better than others.
That makes “Chronicle” a semi-serious sci-fi romp, lighter and more fun than many of the comic-book movies that it steals from, a superhero movie in which nobody crusades, or wears a cape.