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.
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…
A fascinating story yet so depressing. Everything felt stereotypical and so dreary you just wanted the kid to get "cool." It made the message in the story lukewarm at best. Characters had great motivation and then didn't stay in character because a specific end was sought from the beginning. Reworked it would make a dynamite movie despite its political message.
BOTTOM LINE: From the villain's POV.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Actually saw this movie twice... and not because it was good.
Chronicle is the epitome of cliche. Another mediocre found footage film plagued by melodramatic acting and laughable action sequences. I personally chuckled when Andrew was impaled. You know it's bad Michael B. Jordan plays a token black character who (surprise, surprise) is first to die.
Great movie, it has msterclass action and buckets of fun. I love being around this characters and you can tell they had fun with the script and the fun must transition on to us. The music was masterclass, the pathos and emotion made me nearly cry, and the writiing was absouletly flawless. My only complete is the third act was sluggish on it's pacing.
One of the most innovative super power movie a bit dissapointed in the ending but great movie
There is zero justification for the found-footage style of this film.
A | 92/100 | Amazing
What a powerhouse! Tronk takes the found-footage gimmick and turns it into a heartfelt but incredibly intense story that transfixes you from beginning to end. Andrew's transformation from nerd to cool is overly satisfying but becomes much more disturbing as the movie progresses. He's so fleshed out as a character that I questioned his fate at every turn, thanks in part to Dane DeHaan's performance. The rest of the acting is phenomenal, the camerawork is beautiful, and the editing is very tight. My only issues were its rather abrupt scene endings, especially at the end of movie.
I am not a huge fan of found footage films but this one had a real reason for why this guy was carrying around a camera.
-He had an abusive and drunk father
-A sick mother
-He was bullied in school
-And he had bloody superpowers.
The climax of this film made me think about it for a while and then i just wanted to watch it again and again, and by now, i would have watched it atleast seven times and each time i watched this movie i enjoyed the hell out of it.
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I really liked this movie because it took a done to death approach (horror pov/found footage). A lot of people I've talked to who didn't like this film found it too dark, but that is what I like about. It shows what can happen when people are corrupted by absolutely power who have been abused their whole lives. It gives us a look into the dark parts of human nature and does nothing to redem our perceptions of our own natures.
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