Fridge / Chronicle

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Why does Andrew continue to fight Matt at the end of the film? Stop and consider what Andrew repeats throughout the fight, that he is an Apex Predator. What do most Apex Predators do when they are challenged by another one of their kind? They fight in order to establish dominance. Andrew sees Matt's stubborn refusal to get out of his way as challenging him for the role of the Alpha male.
    • It's also possible that after all he's gone through, his father's relentless abuse, Steve's death that he's indirectly responsible for, his mother's death despite his best efforts, and the blinding pain he's no doubt in despite the painkillers, Andrew might WANT someone to kill him.
  • The three boys show elements of Personality Powers. Andrew, the loner who wants to be stronger and actively pushes people away, develops his telekinesis control faster than the others and is also best at erecting defensive barriers around himself. Steve, the industrious go-getter, is the first to try moving really big objects and the first to figure out how to fly. Matt wants to be unique, but he's overly cautious and is thus the slowest to develop of the three, but ultimately becomes the most powerful by the end when he takes matters into his own hands.
    • Also, Matt seems to have his own special talent in the form of defensive barriers, though in a different form than Andrew's. Whereas Andrew's defenses take the form of violent shockwaves that push things away, Matt makes personal forcefields, showcasing how he let's people in close, but is still guarded and cautious. It also shows in his battle with Andrew, where he comes out with barely a scratch despite having a bus dropped on him.
  • If you pay attention there seems to be some establishment of Magic A Is Magic A. The obvious take on this is how its shown that their powers are indeed like a muscle and get easier to use the more they use them. But the next bit comes when you pay attention to the times that Andrew is describing how to use their powers. In the Lego scene he tells Matt to, paraphrased “imagine like your squeezing it with your fingers", and when he explains how he gets his camera to float, he says the trick is thinking of it like he‘s holding it in his hands. And as disturbing as his explanation of tooth pulling is, it’s insightful that he describes “lassoing” the teeth. All of it shows that the force in question is kind of like a solid object being projected from the guys mind’s.
  • The use of "Ziggy Stardust" for the scene where Andrew puts on his dad's costume and really starts giving in to his Dark Side; the lyrics basically sum up the entire story - three childhood friends who set out doing something they love, but the greatest of them (who's a Decoy Protagonist) is destroyed by going too far and it's up to his friend to put a stop to it.
    Ziggy really sang, screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo
    He could lick 'em by smiling
    He could leave 'em to hang (...)
    He took it all too far
    But boy, could he play guitar
    Making love with his ego
    Ziggy sucked up into his mind
    Like a leper messiah
    When the kids had killed the man, I had to break up the band.

Fridge Horror

  • Matthew was not made aware of his uncle's abusive behavior towards his cousin before having to kill Andrew. It is possible Andrew viewed Matt's rescue as support of his uncle's abuse. Such a gross betrayal on top of everything else Andrew had been through might turn anybody into an Omnicidal Maniac. While from Matt's point of view, Andrew wasn't making any sense and thought he had simply gone mad with power, when he didn't even know what had been going on. Except that he feels bad for leaving his side.
  • Think of the movie from Andrew's mom's perspective. You're so sick you can barely get out of bed and are in pain most days. Your husband drinks away all your money and abuses your son. You can't protect him because of your illness. You're son doesn't have any good friends, so when you die, he'll be alone with the man who abuses him. Suddenly he makes two good friends, only for one of them to die unexpectedly in a storm. And that's just everything she would know about before she died.
  • The scene with Richard and Andrew at the hospital is bad enough as it already is, but there could be an even worse interpretation: Taking into account that this is where Andrew becomes fed up with his father, who really did care about his mom enough to be upset about her death, and that there have been some subtle parallels between them, then Richard possibly had enough of his son as well (not that we know how much, exactly), and an "apology" from Andrew was just what he wanted first...
  • Considering that the three boys were filming themselves using their powers, one wonders what the government did with the Mysterious Object once the found out that said Mysterious Object is the reason for the boys' powers.
  • One wonders if other citizens found the Mysterious Object....