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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.
Quite possibly the most honest, believable, dare I say authentic…? superhero origin story I’ve watched.
It’s not even the “found footage” angle that makes it feel believable. It’s the great dialogue, good acting, and characters you can identify with – characters whose reactions to supernatural events seem the most… natural.
Chronicle is a brave movie. It’s not afraid of taking the road less travelled. There were a couple of moments when I genuinely admired the creators for trying something different that could have backfired. It never did.
Lastly, and surprisingly, this movie is not about good and evil. It’s about power and powerlessness. We all grapple with the latter, and most of growing up might be learning to accept things that are outside of our influence. You might think that having superpowers would fix that. It turns out, not really: now you just have two things you can neither understand nor control.
As inevitable as the setting sun, eventually two of cinema's most recent obsessions--the found footage and superhero genres--were destined to collide, yet no one surely predicted in such a strong manner as Chronicle. Josh Trank's compact, relatively low budget blend of handheld camerawork and the superhero (or should that be villain?) origin story blasts out of nowhere as a remarkably assured piece of work, telling a story that has it's roots in decades of comic-book lore while being entirely original, and managing to utilise the found footage gimmick in order to tell a character story that starts casually and builds to a gripping climax. The simple fact is Trank's film probably shouldn't have been this good.
Let's face it, much…
Josh Trank’s feature length debut may be one of the best found footage films of the last decennia, but it doesn’t thank that title for its found footage element as the film easily could have done without it. Our main character Andrew Detmer (played by the outstanding upcoming talent Dane DeHaan) is questioned so many times about why he keeps filming all the time that it is almost as if the movie is putting serious question marks around the practicality of its own foundation. Luckily, this detail doesn’t stand in the way of ‘Chronicle’ its rise and shine as the best counter argument against Marvel and DC produced superhero franchises since, uhm, well since ever! Here we have 84 minutes…
'Chronicle' is the film that introduced everyone to the brilliant Dane DeHaan and for that I am grateful. All three of the young leads are great here but DeHaan steals the show. He ensures his character Andrew is someone you root for and his corruption brought about by his new found power is easily the strongest element of the film. His journey from innocent and powerless to an almost unstoppable force is superbly realised and acted to deliver a compelling take on what is essentially a superhero origin story.
The script from Max Landis is impressive with on point humour, likeable characters and a fast paced original story. All three of the characters have their traits and quirks that distinguish…
Oh wow, look! A nerd with a camera!
I have a love/hate relationship with "found footage" films, but it's mostly hate. I have loved some of them, for example [REC], but for the most part I can't get past some of the contrivances that are necessary for these kinds of films to exist. Since I can't get past that, there are moments in the film that completely take me out of the experience.
Josh Trank makes his feature film directorial debut with a story he co-wrote with Max Landis. Landis has solo credit for the actual screenplay. He wrote and directed the comedy short The Death and Return of Superman which is a must watch for any fan…
Modern science fiction films lately have had a distinct lack of originality. Chronicle however, although mining that sometimes irritating found footage genre has just that, originality.
Andrew is a troubled teenager with a torrid home-life. His mother is dying and his father is an abusive alcoholic who uses him as a punchbag. Andrew though has found a outlet for the frustration of his mundane existence, to videotape his days, and it is through his use of the camera that his life will change forever. At a barn party in the countryside he is asked by his cousin to film and help investigate a strange hole that has been emitting noises and an eerie light. Proceeding down into the hole the…
Greatly surprised by how real the relationships and effects were - knew I'd seen Michael Jordan in something before!
Chronicle has gotta be my favorite found footage movie of all time. Really good and interesting story, engaging performances from the three leads and the found footage gimmick is used in new ways in the scenes where Andrew is making the camera float around and follow him and the action. They use the telekinesis as a means to both tell the story via the characters and the film-making, that's awesome! Plus the finale of this film STILL puts me on the edge of my seat, it's so riveting and very intense. Like I said it's my favorite found footage movie and I still love it to this day, give it a watch if you haven't already.
Dane Dehaan is creepy as shit!
Chronicle is a smart blend of superhero origin story, found footage and teen drama genres.
The film's greatest strength is in its teenage characters who are full fleshed out and interact in away that feels real and avoids the usual cinematic cliches.
Personally I hate the whole found-footage style. That detracted a lot from Chronicle's enjoyability... and it's not that enjoyable to begin with. It's average at best.
Plot summary: three students accidentally become telekinetic, after discovering something mysterious and weird. The movie mostly follows them learning how to use their powers. One of them basically becomes a insane supervillain by the end. None of the characters are likable.
Chronicle could've expanded on so much. It could have been philosophical instead of "boring superhero version of Blair Witch." (Not that I'd label this a superhero film.) It does raise a few questions on the grey aspects of morality and human nature, yet won't cover the concepts in-depth.
To its credit, as a…
Chronicle: a movie where Carrie meets Cloverfield. Chronicle brings a great visual experience that is full of great special effects with a gimmick of handheld, found footage style. The handheld footage works well with the film but almost creates an unnecessary barrier for the filmmakers due to the fact they have to remind you about it constantly. After a while the gimmick feels forgettable and doesn't really bring a lot of value in terms of realism. Furthermore, it falls flat with a predictable plot and one-dimensional characters that don't bring much to the table. It was great watch though.
oh josh trank, what couldve been....
A good f0und footage movie
I've always been into films like this. I like the way it was done. Very intriguing.
An incomplete list of films ZMF has decreed "NOT OPTIONAL." If I missed anything, lemme know.
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