(The review I wrote for my college newspaper)
Chronicle is the story of three high school seniors named Andrew Dettmer (Dane DeHaan), Matt Garetty (Alex Russell), and Steve Montgomery (Micheal B. Jordan). Steve is a popular guy, running for student body president. Matt, Andrew's cousin, has never had any shortcomings with popularity or women. Andrew is the opposite. He comes from a poor family, with a dying mother and an alcoholic, abusive father. He never talks to anyone, is regularly bullied, and his only outlet in life is his camera, which he carries with him everywhere. What do these three have in common? Telekinetic abilities, and one flippin' good movie.
After stumbling out of the hole where they found a strange crystal formation, they discover they have the ability to change the world around them with their thoughts. They start small with their new powers, building with toy blocks and stopping baseballs in mid-flight, but if they over-do it, their noses start to bleed like a faucet. 'I think it's like a muscle,' Matt said in one scene, 'The more you use it, the stronger it gets.' But after some pranks at the local supermarket, one unfortunate tailgater shows them just how dangerous these abilities are, and Andrew realizes how powerful he can be. As he describes in one scene, he has become an 'Apex Predator,' the highest link on the food chain.
Chronicle is a beautiful example of taking aspects of previous films and doing them properly. It has Cloverfield's style of filming, but without the camera shake (he used a tripod, how about that?). The movie is based around the core concept of Andrew filming the events that are happening, and later in the movie, this takes the shape of police dash-cams and other people filming from their windows. External shots of the main characters are cleverly disguised as Andrew 'floating' his camera. The act of telekinesis in the movie is flawlessly done too, there's no flashes or lines to link the action to the character, but the character's movement links to the action. There's no lights or flashes when they use their powers, like in Push. They use hand gestures or head-tilting to show that what they're doing.
One of the finest details is the choice of actors, all relatively unknown. (Except Micheal B. Jordan, who was in Friday Night Lights, voiced Jace Stratton in the video games Gears of War 3, and also starred in January's Red Tails.) While this is normally a huge gamble, this is a great example of it paying off. The fact that they're mostly unrecognized adds authenticity to the story.
In short, Chronicle is a valuable addition to any movie fans' arsenal!