Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
What are you capable of?
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.
If it's not porn, don't shoot it in first-person.
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.
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'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…
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…
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…
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This is a very interesting superhero film, especially in the way that the only true villain is oneself. Shot in the found footage format that really aggravates some people, this first person movie is one of the only superhero flicks that actually makes you feel like you are flying with the main heroes. This is a really interesting look in how some people would react to receiving super powers, and it is definitely one I wouldn't mind watching again.
I thought this was really cool. I love Dane Dehaan and it tickles me to no end how he can go from unassuming to completely menacing in like five seconds. The boys' friendship felt genuine and the escalating tension was certainly palpable. The only real complaint I have is that sometimes the 'found footage' aspect felt really forced. Also it makes no sense because the first 15 minutes of the movie, that camera gets lost forever, so the footage could never be found? and yet we saw it? I don't get it.
But by the climax of the movie, I had completely forgotten that that plot hole had bothered me. I was caught up in the characters, their outrageous story and their relationships with each other and their mysterious powers.
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I realy liked the concept, but that's pretty it.
Still great, even though the found footage aspect could have been put aside and the film would have the same effect. Can't wait to see Michael B. Jordan in FF.
One of the best superhero movies ever made, and by far the best found footage movie. It fully explores the pros and cons of being a superhero, with equal parts comedy and tragedy. Astounding.
This is just one of those films that renews my desire to make a movie. Science Fiction at it's best. More of my Netflix Canada recommendations over here: jayrunham.com/netflix-scifi
First Time Director Josh Trank and writer Max Landis (son of John Landis) simultaneously breathed new life into the 'found footage' sub-genre and perhaps more surprisingly the super-hero movie.
Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is a troubled teenager, unable to connect to the people and world around him whilst also dealing with an abusive father and severely ill mother. He resorts to documenting everything in his life by filming it - with the thought of protecting himself and subconsciously creating a barrier between the world and himself. After reluctantly attending a party with his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) they find, along with a popular school friend Steve (Michael B. Jordan), some strange, glowing crystals pulsing from a hole in the ground...
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