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.
I have had it with this 'found footage' gimmick… If it's not porn, don't shoot it in first-person.
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…
Wow! Having not seen this film since its cinema release last year I completely forgot how damn awesome it is! I really enjoyed how shooting the film found footage style really integrated the audience into the story and how the growth of Andrew's powers impacted the way the camera was used. The action throughout is outstanding, from cloud football to Andrew's neighbourhood scumbag attack. This all leads up to the finale which is unbelievably entertaining, the climax of which hits you like a giant spear through the chest. All the performances were very believable, especially from DeHaan who really sells the socially awkward, troubled teenager.
Stretches the 'found footage' device to it's very limits and is so tenuous in places it takes you completely out of the story (the characters constantly referring to the technique, almost apologetically, doesn't help), this is still compelling enough and had it been shot in a traditional manner I think it would have been far more enjoyable.
I love Chronicle. It's such simple entertainment, yet it manages to tell a good story. It's not too original of a story, but it hasn't necessarily been told like this. It really is just a fun, badass time.
An interesting film that never really hits its full potential. The lead actors are charismatic, with one of the actors reminding me of James Franco. The first 40 minutes are exceedingly slow. The second 40 are much better, but the climax is a little weak in my opinion. May have been stronger in a cinema.
That was so unexpectedly great.
It's not that it has sharp direction (although it does). It's not that it's filled with strong performances from it's young, fresh-faced cast (although it is). It's not even that it's particularly inventive, with the key elements of it's plot quickly melding together and rolling down a path that you can pretty accurately predict before it gets to the end. But the thing that makes Chronicle so great is that it gets the heart of it's story so right - the characters.
The opening half is where the film is at it's most original. Three teenagers, Andrew, Matt and Steve, stumble across a hole in the ground, and after a strange, unexplained encounter with a…
Wow! A found footage movie that doesn't suck. I really didn't know what to expect from this movie, but I didn't expect much. Yes normally I hate these kinds of movies since they feel cheap, lazy and made for five dollars.
First the good stuff. The story itself was pretty good, but the characters and the actors that played them made things even better! I hope these guys get noticed so I can see them in other things. This movie takes place in a high school environment so that should slow things down a bit. Luckily school doesn't get in the way.
The plot was pretty predictable for me, but I still enjoyed it. They had powers, but they were…
This is a winning story and sneaky deconstruction of the superhero origin story (more like super villain in this case), but I plead that the found footage antics stop. They are unecessary beyond belief in Chronicle, despite admirable attempts to justify its presence (Dane DeHaan's depressed, lonely character making video diaries) and the use of telepathy to make it more fluid, floating over the characters' shoulders.
I know the "found footage" has a reason and serves a purpose
but I still don't enjoy it.
Watched this again this morning and got ever so slightly better. That might be the alcohol still in my system from last night though.
Still not the greatest.
I am an apex predator.