Chronicle (USA, 2012)
Directed by Josh Trank
Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly
Chronicle comes to our screens during a veritable glut of two genres: comic book superhero films and found footage horror movies. Considering how widespread and popular both genres have become, our first instinct would be to dismiss the film as just another example of either story, confirming Hollywood's current passions for the easily marketable and the cheap to make. But while Chronicle does have its fair share of problems, it manages to rise above at least some of the clichés, delivering a film which is visually impressive and thematically interesting.
Batman Begins, Chronicle is one of the better films in recent times to tackle this.
Carrie and The Fury as influences, with the latter two being especially prominent. Both films have teenage protagonists and use blood as a symbol of power; Gillian causes others to bleed when they touch her, while Carrie's telekinesis manifests shortly after her first period and reaches its peak during the pig-blood sequence. In changing the blood-letting to a nosebleed, Chronicle takes something of primal or sexual significance and reshapes it for male protagonists, simultaneously reducing it to social embarrassment and making it an eerie harbinger for great destruction.
Animal House feel does kind of make sense in the scenes where the boys are discovering their powers; considering their age and background, it is logical that they would push each other through a series of stupid dares. But the party scenes are so obnoxious and generic that they tread perilously close to Project X.