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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.
Let's face it, much…
'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…
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…
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…
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Josh Trank's debut film understands something very important about other stories and films of its kind, and it's that villains can be just as interesting (if not, more so) than their more heroic counterparts. "Chronicle," one of the few truly worthwhile entries in the found footage genre, tells the story of how three high school kids stumble into a mysterious underground hole one night and emerge the next morning with telekinetic powers. This is, for all intents and purposes, a uniquely conceived superhero origin story with a twist: we're seeing it from the perspective of Andrew, the most lonely and tortured of the three kids. Early scenes, in which the three playfully…
This was a bit more interesting than i expected.
Good story and fairly solid characters.
I must say i would probably definitely have abused those powers. Though probably not as far as going full psycho.
An amazing take about Superpowers and how they could really be used in our world.
Aside from that, how the story was told, like if it was a found tape, made it beautiful and exquisite to watch.
This is how you do a found footage film!
This takes all elements of teen superheroes and blends them together so well, this is an amazing directorial debut and had amazing visual effects! The acting was great! Josh what happened with Fant4stic Four!
Yet another found footage movie. This one is quite decent though, as three young adults get telekenesis. Looking forward to the sequel.
It was a great movie and was put together well. It was great and the ending caught me off guard.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A suprisingly refreshing film in both the genres of science fiction and found footage. The concept of just giving the characters telekenesis and creating many more powers out of that instead of giving them a whole host of various powers or each character an individual power, is brilliant. The telekenesis effects break down all the walls of found footage filming, allowing for many more unique and otherwise impossible shots. The transition to evil for Andrew was a typical one in the science fiction genre but it really works here. The film was engaging, action-packed and extremely well paced. The special effects got a chance to really shine in the third act city fight scene between Andrew and Matt. Lastly, a thousand tears for Steve, he really was the best.
Awesomely charts the movement in German idealism from Schopenhauer to Nietzsche to what would ultimately become the fascist mentality that spawned and fostered the Nazi empire, all while surpassing the annoyance I usually feel regarding found footage and showcasing quite astonishingly natural and well maintained writing and performances.
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