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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Andrew. Was [[spoiler:his final breakdown at the end]] a result of everything he had suffered, including getting set on fire, or did the morphine he was heavily doped up on exacerbate his already growing instability? Or both?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVnhI6meKb0 "This Bright Flash"]] by M83 is exactly the kind of mood music you want to hear when the movie ends.
* CultClassic: It was a box office hit, but it seems on its way to becoming this thanks to the fanbase on Tumblr.
* HarsherInHindsight: Andrew's downfall seems eerily prophetic of Josh Trank's CreatorBreakdown during the development of ''Film/FantasticFour2015.'' Things started off good for him with the success of ''Chronicle'', but his [[PrimaDonnaDirector on-set behavior]] (which was allegedly caused by ExecutiveMeddling) [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor costing him his role as director of a]] ''Franchise/StarWars'' spin-off film, and the film's overall reception and [[BoxOfficeBomb box office numbers]] have made the film a potential CreatorKiller for him. Trank's behavior even apparently goes back to the production of this film itself, possibly similar to how constantly abusive Richard was from the beginning. And similar to Richard, Trank began having problems with alcohol.
* HeReallyCanAct: Dane Dehaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan all did great performances.
* HilariousInHindsight: When Steve rescues the trucker, his wet, skintight blue shirt begins to resemble a [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four uniform]].
* JerkassWoobie: Richard's {{Jerkass}} tendencies outweigh TheWoobie part, however.
** As the film went on, [[spoiler: Andrew. Although with Andrew, the 'Jerkass' trope could be due to how much SanitySlippage he endured due to his father's abuse, the stress of his mother's illness, and of course the HopeSpot he lost]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Richard crosses it when he [[spoiler:blames a comatose Andrew for Andrew's mom's death. He even tries to punch him while he was still in a coma. That is if there is any doubt that he did it by abusing and emotionally destroying Andrew in the first place.]]
** Andrew himself is a more complicated example. [[spoiler:He could be said to have crossed it when he caused that car-crash that left the driver at best hospitalized and at worst dead, but he is so broken and emotionally damaged that it is hard to lose all sympathy for him.]]
* TheScrappy: Casey is pretty disliked for being an obvious plot device (there needing to be another camera).
** Richard's also very disliked, although it's obvious he's a deliberate HateSink.
* SpiritualLicensee: What a lot of people think ''Chronicle'' is to [[Manga/{{Akira}} a certain anime/manga about telekinetic teenagers]], if it's not considered an outright case of SerialNumbersFiledOff. ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' comparisons are also pretty common.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The floating Legos are very obvious CG.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Considering that the movie was made on a $12,000,000 budget, the computer-generated effects are pretty impressive.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** While the found-footage aspect is important to the narrative and going for a more "realistic" superhero movie, there's [[IdiotBall a noticeable logical disconnect]] [[GameplayAndStorySegregation in terms of how it would work within the story]]--particularly, in regards to what Andrew does after he nears the end of the ProtagonistJourneyToVillain. The biggest offenders would have to be when he films himself assaulting people and ''robbing a convenience store'', both of which would net him a few months (or years) in juvenile detention at the least.
** Richard berating Andrew while [[spoiler: he was in the hospital]]. If he was so sure his yelling was going to wake him up, [[BullyingADragon he'd know not to screw with]] somebody who earlier in the film effortlessly threw him across the room. Also he's yelling at Andrew while he's being recorded by a police camera.
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