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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 start off good for him with the success of ''Chronicle,'' 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.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** When Steve rescues the trucker, his wet, skintight blue shirt begins to resemble a [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four uniform]].
** Seeing Andrew suffer at the hands of his dad and hang out with his superpowered friends is especially funny since Dane [=DeHaan=] is playing Harry Osborn in the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''. More hilarious is seeing him destroy a spider with his power. Also HarsherInHindsight - we also see Andrew grow a taste for beating the crap out of his best friends and generally growing more insane by the day, partially thanks to his violent father.
* 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 hospitalised and at worst dead, but he is so broken and emotionally damaged that it is hard to lose all sympathy for him.]]
** The hoodlums who assaulted and beaten Andrew were cruel enough, that [[spoiler:their deaths didn't feel as particularly sad.]]
* 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.
* SleeperHit: The film had a modest budget for it's type and didn't have a whole lot of advertising, and was even dumped into theaters in January ''on Super Bowl weekend'', but the positive reception and word-of-mouth not only helped make it a big hit, but also gave some of the relatively then-unknown cast and crew their big break and are now currently involved with various future Hollywood productions. (For example, the aforementioned casting of Dane [=DeHaan=] in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.)
* 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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