FILM FANS: Applaud the super powers in 'Chronicle'

In this film image released by 20th Century Fox, from left, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, and Dane DeHaan are shown in a scene from "Chronicle." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Alan Markfield)

In this film image released by 20th Century Fox, from left, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, and Dane DeHaan are shown in a scene from "Chronicle." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Alan Markfield)

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3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Although "Chronicle" skips through the back story, it becomes exciting to watch three ordinary teenagers discover they have super power abilities. In attempt to have this movie seem more realistic, it is shown from a personal video camera perspective. This makes it feel like you are watching somebody's home movie.

Casting unknown actors also helps make this feel more believable. What made "Chronicle" even more interesting was that rather than instantly trying to become super heroes, the three teens resort to pulling pranks, having fun learning what they can do and struggling with teen issues. In the end, "Chronicle" is a welcome change from all the recent disappointing, big-budget movies and an overall good film to watch.

-- Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville

4 out of 4 stars

After seeing the trailer for "Chronicle," I was very excited to see this movie. In most cases, movies don't live up to my expectations, but "Chronicle" exceeded them. The storyline is a thought every teen has growing up: "If I had superpowers, what would I do?"

The film starts out with Andrew (Dane DeHann), a high school senior who is dealing with an abusive father, a sick mother and being bullied at school. He is mainly a loner but decides to film his daily everyday life to cope with his problems. His only friend is his cousin Matt (Alex Russell), who is one of the cool kids in school. After Matt talks him into going to a party, Andrew is persuaded into checking out a strange hole in the ground by Steve (Michael B. Jordan), the most popular kid in school. With a craziness that only comes with being a teen, Andrew, Matt and Steve jump into the cave and discover a glowing object that ends up giving them the ability to move object with their mind.

As the days go by, they learn how to use these powers and have lots of fun tricking people in a toy store, moving cars in a parking lot and making things like Legos levitate in the air. The more they practice these powers, the more powerful they become.

Things start to get out of control, especially with Andrew, who lets his anger take over by getting back at his abusive father and the bullies at school. The movie takes you on a thrill ride that gets very tense and dark ending with a stunning action scene that blasts through the streets of Seattle. The director (Josh Trank) does a great job of mixing the fun and laughs with the dark horror as the movie takes you on a roller coaster of emotions that leaves you satisfied at the end. The use of the "found-footage" effect is done very well as you seen the film mostly through Andrew's camera. It's definitely a movie you don't want to miss.

-- Ken Gamble, Lawrenceville

4 out of 4 stars

"Chronicle" was a really good movie. It starts when some friends (Andrew, Matt and Steve) find a weird globe. When they touch it they get super powers. They can move objects with their minds, but if they overuse the powers they get nosebleeds and injuries to their heads.

At first they have fun with the growing powers, but then Andrew starts to do more to hurt people and he becomes dangerous. With Andrew's powers growing, his friends try to stop him.

The movie is really good if you like action and adventure.

-- Bryce Wright, Lawrenceville