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Recently I viewed the trailer for the new upcoming superhero movie “Chronicle”; if you haven’t heard anything regarding this movie it’s not surprising. To start things off; 1) the director Josh Trank (The Kill Point) is relatively new to directing, with Chronicle only being his second project as the director. 2) The writer Max Landis is also a somewhat unheard of in regards to Hollywood, unless you count his small role in Blues Brothers 2000 as a block busting success. 3) The lead actors of the movie; Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell are mostly un-heard of when it comes to starring in feature length Hollywood movies, minus Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead, The Changeling, The Adjustment Bureau). These facts culminate into one big clump of success-uncertainty: either this movie will be highly successful or it will be a dire failure.

Being that Chronicle has been in the movie news in one extent or the other since 2010 you would think that there would at least be some type of “promotional push” for the film starting in 2011. Well, you would be mistaken. I can tell you right now that with all the time I have spent scowering through the inter-web looking for juicy bits on knowledge regarding upcoming movies, or been at the theatre early just to catch the trailers, I haven’t  seen one trailer for it at all..Unless it wasn’t an interesting enough trailer to catch my at times dwindling attention span. The promotional team for the film (in my opinion) has dropped the proverbial soap on this occasion, especially since there are so many feature titles such as; Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance, Woman in black, Journey 2: The mysterious island and Safe House to contend with in February. For me these reasons alone raise concerns in the film’s success.

Storyline: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

The storyline is basic enough, showing some creativity but also drawing from other film/filming ideas that have been overdone countless times (mutants, super powers, teen dramas, good vs. evil, shaky camera films). You basically get the gist of what is going to happen during the film just by watching the trailer: stupid teenagers stumble upon something in the woods (either aliens or failed government experiment), they get “cool” superpowers, teenagers screw with innocent bystanders as they learn powers, they abuse said powers, government agency learns of teenagers and most likely tries to catch/experiment on them, one or two teens become “evil” and a giant super power/ special effect battle ensues. There’s a strange feeling brewing in my mind, as if I too have gained a superpower… the power of determining the plot of a movie and ruining it before it comes to theatres, is it ESP? Will I have my own psychic hotline with a commercial that plays between the “girls gone wild” commercials and “Proactiv”?

No, I’ve just learned from past experience that more often than not, “action/sci-fi” are becoming more about the special effects then about character and story development. It’s a sad day when there’s more in-depth storylines in video games then there are in movies. As someone who enjoys superhero movies I am edging towards actually paying to see this movie in theatres but have the strange feeling I may or may not be disappointed, we’ll have to wait until February 3rd when Chronicle releases to theaters to figure that one out.

What are you thoughts on this movie and the trailer?