History Film / Chronicle

30th Jun '16 7:47:57 AM appealus
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* YankTheDogsChain: After the talent show, Andrew's popularity with his schoolmates skyrockets. Yet, he royally screws this up and become even more of a laughingstock in the same night.
* YouAreNotAlone: Both Steve and Matt try to invoke this with Andrew (with the latter even using it word for word);[[spoiler: unfortunately, Andrew is too far past the Despair Event Horizon for it to work.]]

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* YankTheDogsChain: After the talent show, Andrew's popularity with his schoolmates skyrockets. Yet, he royally screws this up and become even more of a laughingstock laughing stock in the same night.
* YouAreNotAlone: Both Steve and Matt try to invoke this with Andrew (with the latter even using it word for word);[[spoiler: unfortunately, Andrew is too far past the Despair Event Horizon DespairEventHorizon for it to work.]]
30th Jun '16 7:38:32 AM appealus
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** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a {{Reconstruction.}} Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]

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** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a {{Reconstruction.}} {{Reconstruction}}. Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]
30th Jun '16 7:20:31 AM appealus
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Andrew's mother]] is seemingly the only person he shows affection towards, and, conversely, the only person who seems to truly care for him expect for his two friends (whom he ends up believing don't truly care for him at all).

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Andrew's mother]] is seemingly the only person he shows affection towards, and, conversely, the only person who seems to truly care for him expect except for his two friends (whom he ends up believing don't truly care for him at all).
22nd Jun '16 1:05:26 PM GrecoRomanGuy
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** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[reconstruction.]] Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]

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** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[reconstruction.]] {{Reconstruction.}} Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]
** The movie also plays things much more different than classic depictions of teens displaying their powers. In the mall, while the three kids are [[{{Superdickery}} just messing around,]] it's pretty funny and cool to see their powers. During [[spoiler: the trucker scene, it is ''decidedly'' not funny.
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19th May '16 9:10:27 AM Doug86
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** The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his great responsibility and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers. It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]]

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** The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his great responsibility and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers. It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]]
24th Mar '16 4:20:51 PM Fireblood
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%% * AlwaysABiggerFish: The point behind [[spoiler: Andrew's]] "Apex Predator" speech.

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%% * AlwaysABiggerFish: The This is the point behind [[spoiler: Andrew's]] "Apex Predator" speech.speech. He seems himself as one since he now is more powerful than ordinary humans.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: [[spoiler:MagicMeteor]]

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: [[spoiler:MagicMeteor]][[spoiler:MagicMeteor.]]



** Matt's turn towards heroism is implied to be somewhat influenced by him hanging around Casey and watching her blog--she's implied to be something of a GranolaGirl interested in fixing the ills of the world, and he wants to look good in her eyes

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** Matt's turn towards heroism is implied to be somewhat influenced by him hanging around Casey and watching her blog--she's implied to be something of a GranolaGirl interested in fixing the ills of the world, and he wants to look good in her eyeseyes.



** [[spoiler:Andrew saves Steve's life in the airplane incident... only to kill him in the thunderstorm scene.]]
** [[spoiler:Andrew styles himself an "apex predator". He is impaled with a spear from a statue representing a tribal hunter.]] Really, he brought it onto himself.

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** [[spoiler:Andrew saves Steve's life in the airplane incident... only later to kill get him killed in the thunderstorm scene.]]
** [[spoiler:Andrew styles himself an "apex predator". He is impaled with a spear from a statue representing a tribal hunter.]] Really, he brought it onto on himself.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Andrew's mother]] is seemingly the only person he shows affection towards, and, conversely, the only person who seems to truly care for him.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Richard sincerely loves his wife. Not really all that helpful to her, but still. It's one of his only redeeming qualities.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Andrew's mother]] is seemingly the only person he shows affection towards, and, conversely, the only person who seems to truly care for him.
him expect for his two friends (whom he ends up believing don't truly care for him at all).
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Richard sincerely loves his wife. Not really all that helpful to her, but still. It's one of his only redeeming qualities.quality that we see.



* TheFarmerAndTheViper: No matter what happens, Steve is a genuinely nice guy who will stay by Andrew's side, and even [[spoiler:goes flying in a thunderstorm to try to talk him down after he's been abused again by his dad. Said friend still kills him anyway.]]

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* TheFarmerAndTheViper: No matter what happens, Steve is a genuinely nice guy who will stay by Andrew's side, and even [[spoiler:goes flying in a thunderstorm to try to talk him down after he's been abused again by his dad. Said friend still kills This gets him anyway.killed.]]



* Fingore: Matt gets a bit of one finger blown off when the police fire on him and Andrew.



%% * IllGirl: Mrs. Detmer.

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%% * IllGirl: Mrs. Detmer.Detmer, who is suffering from a severe illness which keeps her largely bedridden. [[spoiler: It kills her near the end]].



* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Three teenagers accidentally get superpowers just because they decide to check out a weird-looking grave. [[spoiler:The source of their superpowers is never even explained.]]

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* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Three teenagers accidentally get superpowers just because they decide to check out a weird-looking grave.cavern. [[spoiler:The source of their superpowers is never even explained.]]



* JitterCam: Played straight for the first parts of the movie, but later averted due to Andrew keeping the camera steady and constantly running using his powers.

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* JitterCam: Played straight {{Played straight}} for the first parts of the movie, but later averted {{averted}} due to Andrew keeping the camera steady and constantly running using his powers.



* JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: killing his abusive father]] had he just did a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than drop him from a great height, [[spoiler: which allowed Matt to save the man.]]

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* JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: killing his abusive father]] had he just did done a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than drop him from a great height, [[spoiler: which allowed Matt to save the man.]]



* KickTheDog: Andrew has a lot of moments where it counts - [[spoiler:when he didn't think it was wrong to veer a car off the road; after he accidentally kills Steve; when he videotapes Steve's funeral; when he tears a spider limb-from-limb for no reason; and when he gives that Apex Predator speech ("A lion doesn't feel guilty when it eats a gazelle").]]
%% * KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Andrew realizes this when he kills Steve.]]
* KidHero: Subverted with Steve, deconstructed with Matt. Rather than using their powers to help people, the boys just use them to screw around and have fun. Steve is the only heroic character initially, diving in to save the trucker, and being nice to Andrew from the beginning. Matt starts out as just a bit of a jerk, but becomes an even greater hero through CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler:and is ultimately the only one to survive]].

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* KickTheDog: Andrew has a lot of moments where it counts - [[spoiler:when he didn't think it was wrong to veer a car off the road; after he accidentally kills killed Steve; when he videotapes videotaped Steve's funeral; when he tears a spider limb-from-limb for no reason; and when he gives that Apex Predator speech ("A lion doesn't feel guilty when it eats a gazelle").]]
%% * KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Andrew realizes this when he kills Steve.gets Steve killed.]]
* KidHero: Subverted {{Subverted}} with Steve, deconstructed with Matt. Rather than using their powers to help people, the boys just use them to screw around and have fun. Steve is the only heroic character initially, diving in to save the trucker, and being nice to Andrew from the beginning. Matt starts out as just a bit of a jerk, but becomes an even greater hero through CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler:and is ultimately the only one to survive]].



* LonersAreFreaks: More than a little implied with Andrew, especially before the incident that gave him powers.

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* LonersAreFreaks: More than a little implied {{implied}} with Andrew, especially before the incident that gave him powers.



* AManIsNotAVirgin: Discussed. Steve hears that Matt has gone a long time without sex and Andrew is a virgin. His response? "Then how are you guys so cool?"

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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Discussed.{{Discussed}}. Steve hears that Matt has gone a long time without sex and Andrew is a virgin. His response? "Then how are you guys so cool?"



%% * ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew himself throughout the film.]]

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%% * ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew himself [[spoiler:This is Andrew's story throughout the film.]]



%% * PsychopathicManChild: [[spoiler: What Andrew becomes by the end.]]

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%% * PsychopathicManChild: [[spoiler: What This is what Andrew becomes by the end.]]



* SelfMadeOrphan: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler: Andrew almost succeeds in killing his father, but, as he falls from a great height, he is rescued by Matt]].

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* SelfMadeOrphan: {{Subverted}}.Subverted. [[spoiler: Andrew almost succeeds in killing his father, but, as he falls from a great height, he is rescued by Matt]].



* TheToothHurts: A bully gets a few teeth telekinetically ripped out. Shortly after it happens, the audience is treated to a detailed explanation of how it was done, up to and including a mention about how two of the teeth were accidentally sliced in half when they came out.

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* TheToothHurts: A bully gets a few teeth telekinetically ripped out. Shortly after it happens, the audience is treated to a detailed explanation of how it was done, up to and including a mention about how two of the teeth were accidentally sliced broken in half when they came out.



* VillainProtagonist: Sure, [[spoiler:Andrew becomes an homicidal maniac with a God complex]], but that doesn't stop the focus on him.

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* VillainProtagonist: Sure, [[spoiler:Andrew becomes an a homicidal maniac with a God complex]], but that doesn't stop the focus on him.



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Could possibly be TheMovie of the trope. After three high-school guys are given telekinetic powers by a mysterious artifact hidden at the bottom of a crater, they mainly use their newfound abilities to waste time in increasingly spectacular ways, from playing pranks on customers at a department store, to playing football several thousand feet off the ground. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, a very nasty combination of an abusive parent and bullying at school eventually turns one of them into a supervillain]].

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Could possibly be TheMovie of the trope. After three high-school guys are given telekinetic powers by a mysterious artifact hidden at the bottom of a crater, they mainly use their newfound new-found abilities to waste time in increasingly spectacular ways, from playing pranks on customers at a department store, to playing football several thousand feet off the ground. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, a very nasty combination of an abusive parent and bullying at school eventually turns one of them into a supervillain]].



** Inverted with [[spoiler:Matt, who starts out as a pseudo-philosopher pothead, but ultimately becomes a better and more responsible person after gaining power.]]

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** Inverted {{Inverted}} with [[spoiler:Matt, who starts out as a pseudo-philosopher pothead, but ultimately becomes a better and more responsible person after gaining power.]]
24th Mar '16 1:32:39 PM Fireblood
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Matt defeats Andrew before he can cause any more damage, but several people have been killed, including Steve, and we are left with the lingering sense that Andrew's downfall could have been prevented.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Matt defeats kills Andrew before he can cause any more damage, but several people have been killed, including Steve, and we are left with the lingering sense that Andrew's downfall could have been prevented.]]



* BondBreaker: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Andrew, for choosing to take his father's Breaking Speech on "they're not your friends" to heart]].

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* BondBreaker: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Andrew, for choosing to take his father's Breaking Speech BreakingSpeech on "they're not your friends" to heart]].



* CainAndAbel: Played with. Andrew and Matt are cousins, not actual brothers, and Andrew is the younger sibling, but [[spoiler: develop this dynamic in the finale. However, it is the Abel-like Matt who kills his cousin, but does it reluctantly and only as a very last resort.]]

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* CainAndAbel: Played with. {{Played with}}. Andrew and Matt are cousins, not actual brothers, and Andrew is the younger sibling, one, but they [[spoiler: develop this dynamic in the finale. However, it is the Abel-like Matt who kills his cousin, but does it reluctantly and only as a very last resort.]]



* CallingTheOldManOut: Andrew's constantly in conflict with his JerkAss father, but for the most part he's too browbeaten to seriously call him out... up until Richard accuses Andrew of wasting his money on public school.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: Andrew's constantly in conflict with his JerkAss father, but for the most part he's too browbeaten to seriously call him out... up Up until Richard accuses Andrew of wasting his money on public school.
26th Feb '16 11:00:42 AM AgentSkyblueM7
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* NeverMyFault: Richard blames Andrew for the fact that [[spoiler: his wife and Andrew's mother dies from not receiving her medication. In truth, Andrew had attempted to go and get the medication from the pharmacy, but did not have the funds for it, as Richard had been wasting the money on alcohol.]] Richard's inability to accept responsibility for this [[spoiler: is the final catalyst for Andrew's rampage, starting with Andrew attempting to kill him while pointing out he made him this way to begin with.]]

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* NeverMyFault: Richard blames Andrew for the fact that [[spoiler: his wife and Andrew's mother dies from not receiving her medication. In truth, Andrew had attempted to go and get the medication from the pharmacy, but did not have the funds for it, as Richard had been wasting the money on alcohol.]] Richard's inability to accept responsibility for this [[spoiler: is the final catalyst for Andrew's rampage, starting with Andrew attempting to kill him while [[VillainHasAPoint pointing out he his constant abuse made him this way to begin with.with]].]]
26th Feb '16 10:58:25 AM AgentSkyblueM7
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* PoorCommunicationKills: In the climax, [[spoiler: Matt tries to approach Andrew, who lashes out at him asking why he saved his father, who he was trying to drop from a building, [[YouKnowWhatYouDid without telling Matt]] [[AbusiveParents his reason]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch for doing so]]. Matt is clearly confused by this question, implying he wasn't aware of the abuse Andrew was going through at home. To him, it seems Andrew has simply lost his mind and is attacking Seattle for no apparent reason]].
19th Jan '16 2:20:15 AM Shadowgazer
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: When Andrew [[spoiler: beats up his abusive father, when he tears Wayne the bully's teeth out, takes his revenge on the hoodlums, and when he tries to kill his father by dropping him from high in the air.]]



* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Andrew]]'s ''modus operandi'' before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Andrew]]'s ''modus operandi'' before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. Specifically: when Andrew [[spoiler: beats up his abusive father, when he tears Wayne the bully's teeth out, takes his revenge on the hoodlums, and when he tries to kill his father by dropping him from high in the air.]]
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