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…
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…
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…
A producer's coup, with Dane and Michael impressing us all (no offense third guy, you were very good).
The premise: 3 teens gain superpowers after an encounter with a meteorite. What follows is actually a very good, and sound, psychological study of what these powers can do to a person's mind, with lead DeHann going through some particularly interesting character development. The film is shot in a found footage style, which proves downright distracting at times, but is there understandably to accentuate the feeling of how uncanny the situation is. Overall performances are also weak, but it remains an entertaining, unusual movie nonetheless.
Disappointing movie, it started off strong and I liked the premise quite a bit, but the found footage style really frustrated me the entire movie, and there were times where the logic behind it didn't make sense. Certain scenes they abandon the found footage completely which is pretty lazy and leads to the question as to why was it like that in the first place. The last act of this movie was pretty predictable and very bland to watch, so overall a pretty underwhelming experience.
Nearly skipped this film, solely based on the trailer. Really glad I didn't. It's not the shallow, 'bros get powers and mess around' film that it comes across as in the trailer. It's a lot more character focused than that.
This film seemed to come out of nowhere and the trailer absolutely blew me away. (Though I advise everyone to steer clear of the trailer if they want to have the best cinema experience.) This is a brand new found-footage movie. It doesn't hit the heights of "Troll Hunter", but then again I think both of these films take the crown away from "REC" (which really impressed me by both having interesting characterisation and giving a good reason for the continued use of the cameras even after things get rough).
The film follows an introverted boy who has decided to film his life because he wants a record of the way he is treated by his aggressive alcoholic father. As…
Tense, well-directed and with a solid cast, Chronicle is a great example of the talents of Dane DeHaan and Josh Trank.
Found-footage movies (usually in the vein of horror) are becoming increasingly popular, with films like Paranormal Activity, [REC] and Cloverfield all achieving various degrees of success.
The superhero movie genre is even more successful, being a way since the 70's to earn big bucks (regardless of the film's quality). So, it seems ingenious to couple these two genres together. And, Josh Trank's directorial début mixes all the greatest components of the genres and shits them out, to make a slow-burner with a thrilling, fantastic finale, all the while placed on the entirely capable shoulders of Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell, who each perform their specific roles with an authentic aura, unusual for both superhero movies and found-footage…
A fun film that still delivers on a rewatch. Perhaps not quite as fun because the writer's personality bugs the hell out of me and I was completely unaware of him when I first watched it. But fair play to him and Josh Trank; they delivered an incredibly fun debut feature here.
What a surprise this was, I thought this was going to be TERRIBLE.
I mean, don't think about it too too hard or anything, but it's worth the watch, seriously.
Fuck it I'm editing this review and changing it from 4/5 to 5/5. It actually REALLY pulls off the found footage thing and makes all this whimsy look so candid and real, and the acting is incredibly solid. The more time that goes by since I finished watching it the more in love with it I fall. Why don't more people remember this movie? This should be a total classic why am I just seeing it now?
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- The incredible Paris Incident
- All Superheroes Must Die
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- The Bling Ring
- The Poughkeepsie Tapes
- Magic Magic
Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…
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- City of God
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…