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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.
I have had it with this 'found footage' gimmick… 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…
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.
What teenagers do when got powers from an alien device? Go to a school which the director is bald? Go to a satellite with men that wear underwear over their clothes? No, they use it, they train with those powers, for what? Save mankind? Save one kind of people. Wrong again: they use for themselves. And what about: With great powers come great responsibilities? Bullshit! With great powers come great problems!
Filmed on a guerrilla style, this movie shows what happens to teenagers that receive great powers.
Although I enjoyed some moments, I felt like there was so much wasted potential in where the story could have went. It also felt a bit rushed in the second half of the movie.
Ended up enjoying this far more than I thought I would. I don't have anything insightful to say about it but I quite enjoyed it. I'm not sure it really needed to be found-footage but it didn't really hurt the film.
entretenida. siempre está bien descontextualizar lo de siempre. los poderes mal usados. ni todo el mundo es un superhéroe ni todo el mundo es un supervillano. 80 minutos que, nunca mejor dicho, se pasan "volando".
"I'm an apex predator."
When making found footage style films, it's important to stick with the conceit -- someone is holding the camera and filming events as they happen, then we someone later stumble upon the footage and watch it to understand what happened. What's great about Josh Trank's 2012 debut film 'Chronicle' is that he takes that conceit and finds ways to use it to his advantage while also exploring ways to break out of the conceit with multiple cameras and camera movement. Join us -- Pete Wright and Andy Nelson -- as we continue our found footage series with this great superhero film. We talk about how Trank did an amazing job of modifying the conceit in order…
EAT SHIT HATERS THIS MOVIE RULES.
I love super hero films, and I think this one fits in that genre. However, the 3 teens who discover a strange meteorite that gives them spectacular telekinetic powers never really use their abilities for anything heroic. The movie is largely built around watching these guys experiment with different applications of their abilities. It is extremely cool watching them have fun as they become closer with one another and gather more and more mental strength. What makes this a truly unique movie about super-powered individuals is that it contrasts the increasing mental strength with the emotional weakness of the main character. His life of being beaten down physically and emotionally has not properly prepared him to be in a position…
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My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
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Inspired by Simone's Overdosing on Movies list, I thought I would flip the script and find out what movies people…