Three Seattle based high school seniors, Andrew, the introverted outcast, Matt the philosophical moral center of the group, and Steve the popular future politico, stumble upon a mysterious phenomenon deep within the ground that imbues them with telekinetic powers. As one might expect teenagers to do, they play with these new abilities in juvenile ways, until their powers grow and the boys are shown how dangerous they can truly be.
Chronicle is a hard film to classify. It is a realistic superhero drama with a dark tone that is shown through one of the best uses of found footage I have ever seen. As the kids have telekinetic abilities, the view not only switches from camera to camera when appropriate, but is often floating in a third person perspective away from the characters as they interact. Past the point of them gaining powers, when the camera is in a first person perspective, it is done for emphasis on emotional situations. I believe the found footage genre has already outstayed its welcome, but Chronicle will be remembered as one of the few that did it effectively.