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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 CareerKiller 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.
* 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.
* 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).
* 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.
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