‘Chronical: 2067’

A glitchy script makes for a disjointed story with glaring inconsistencies and holes that doesn’t make much sense. A weak protagonist and the melodramatic over-acting does not help things along either.

The story takes place in an oxygen starved future where the highly polluted atmosphere has killed off Earth’s plant life. Time is running out for humanity. The result is an eco-disaster meets time travel story with an obligatory time travel twist at the end.

The problem is that the script spends far too much time doing things because they seem like cool ideas, instead of any of it contributing to a cohesive and satisfying story. It’s schmaltzy and the script makes the protagonist a constant victim and thus difficult to believe in as a hero who can save the world.

Characters need counterbalancing qualities that pull them in different directions to create inner tension: strong but sensitive, superhuman but vulnerable, well meaning but deluded, etc. They have a power and a limitation, or a positive and negative aspect to their character. The protagonist in Chronical: 2067 (2020) is weak and naive. He is passive without posessing a counterbalancing trait. Having an ineffective over-emotional hero is a problem. It’s annoying. Obviously the idea is that the audience is supposed to empathise with his sensitivity and humanity, but it has the opposite effect.

With a limited number of central characters who have to do double duty and perform different roles within the story, and the heavy handed foreshadowing, you can see the surprises coming. There’s very little chemistry between the characters and the dialogue is clunky. This feels like it could have been a better movie if it has been a lot less ambitious, taking an approach more like Prospect. The overall result feels like a missed opportunity.