‘Chronicle’ TV Trailer & Clip: Dangerous Super-Powered Teens

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Chronicle, the latest entry in the found footage genre, doesn’t have anything to do with home-wrecking supernatural entities (see: Paranormal Activity) or deadly giant creatures (see: Cloverfield). The film instead confronts a very different kind of horrifying concept: what if some everyday rowdy teenagers were to become even more uncontrollable by gaining superpowers?

The answer is unsurprisingly “bad things happen,” judging by the early footage in a new 60-second TV trailer and clip unveiled from the film – which was directed by Josh Trank, working from a screenplay penned by up-and-comer (and son of The Blues Brothers/An American Werewolf in London director John) Max Landis.

Landis and Trank co-conceived the screen story for Chronicle, which revolves around three teenage boys (Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, and Alex Russell) who gain superpowers after making an “incredible discovery.” However, one member of the trio (DeHaan) starts abusing his newfound abilities beyond the level of using them to, say, confuse people or look up girls’ skirts – and ends up becoming a dangerous menace who threatens to harm/kill innumerable civilians.

Get a taste of just that by watching the Chronicle TV trailer and clip below:

There are a couple of interesting ideas at play in the narrative setup for Chronicle; not only does it address the sort of issues typically raised in the superhero/super-powered individuals genre, there are also elements of a dark metaphor-laced coming-of-age story about a “weak” young man whose desire for power corrupts him when he gets it (a la Tetsuo’s character arc in Akira). Assuming Landis and Trank do a good job of executing said premise, Chronicle could prove to be one of the more memorable (fake) cinéma vérité flicks to be released in recent memory.

On that note: Chronicle looks a bit more polished than some of its peers, thanks to a $15 million budget that appears to have been used effectively, as far as creating super-power sequences and set pieces goes. This also looks to be a case where the found footage format makes all the more sense, seeings how the onscreen “filmmakers” in question are a crew of media-obsessed Generation Y-types who would believably be interested in documenting their every move… especially when said move involves (for example) destroying a car with your mind.

Chronicle is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on February 3rd, 2012. Will you be checking it out?

Source: IGN, Machinima

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  1. that looks cool.

  2. Looks very interesting.

  3. This does look kinda good. Seems like it will deal with the moral side of having superpowers and not just heroic posturing. It reminds me of what Tetsuo goes through in Akira when his powers develop.

    • Didn’t read the whole article did ya? 😉

      • HA HA, true I didn’t. I saw the trailer on another site and when I saw it here I posted without reading the article. No I feel silly. ^-^

        • I do agree though. I mean that scene where he is sitting and crushing the car looks EXACTLY like something out of Akira.

  4. I’m actually interested in this unlike Cloverfield and Para-what-its-name.

  5. Misfits anyone?

    • Yeah, Misfits way great fun.

      This actually looks like what I imagine kids with powers would do. There would be constant superpower pranking all over Youtube.

  6. looks like you finally got people interested in something :)

  7. This may be good. That one point where the kid is just sitting and crushing the car, I was like “And now your journey towards evil begins, by destroying worthless property”.

    • My thoughts exactly. If they became heroes suddenly, that would have sucked but random destruction? Radness.

  8. saw a trailer and thought yes a movie worth my money

  9. looks interesting. hope it doesn’t suck. at least it’s not a sequel, reboot, remake etc

  10. Looks really cool, but approaching with much caution. As awesome as it looks, I’m definitely not getting my hopes up….I’ve had too much heartbreak already

  11. I first saw this trailer about 4 months ago and couldn’t wait to find out when it would be released. The premise strikes me as a blend of “Jumper”, “I am number 4″, “The Covenent” with a bit of “Carrie” thrown in.

    Another thing that jumped at me was the old Hero vs Villain cycle. The good and bad guys nearly always have a history. In this case, 3 best friends with absolute power and one begins to corrupt that power…absolutely. Doom vs Mr. Fantastic, Wolverine vs Sabertooth, Vader vs Obi Wan…He’ll probably be more powerful than the other two combined and it’ll take both of them to go old school Kung Fu end fight to take him out.

  12. totally going to see it… seriously if you had super powers would you not abuse the heck out of them, and that’s without being a sociopath like me.

  13. Saw the TV spot, instantly hooked. Looks good from the 30 seconds I saw.

    Cloverfield was a great movie to me.