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…
I think I prefer it by the alternate title "ANDREW STOP!!!!!"
Directers Cut (89 minuten) 7.5/10
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is the best execution I've seen of the found footage style, and a pretty interesting take on a "realistic" superhero story. It goes some dark places in its investigation of how a downtrodden person would react to gaining superhuman powers.
It's totally over the top & yet completely cool at the same time.
Let's face it...I'd love to fall down a hole, be zapped by an alien lifeform & emerge from it with powers of telekinesis...I mean, seriously! Who wouldn't!?
This movie was a solid film. I liked that there was a lot of built up and suspense and realism for most of the film. However, I noticed a lot of similarities to Carrie. Like how Andrew gets bullied and uses his powers to get revenge on those who picked on him. Also, the movie went a little over the top near the end. But it had solid acting and a neat style of cinematography. This film shows that found footage doesn't need to be used for just horror flicks. 7.5/10
Probably the best found footage movie so far!
Such a fun and original take on the superhero genre. I usually find handheld camera films annoying but it's put to good use here. I love how it doesn't involve kids trying to save the universe but just simply them goofing around and playing pranks. (although shit does hit the fan in second half). It's such a blast. Give me this over The Avengers any day of the week.
STILL AWESOME. FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE.
Chronicle is a film that offers something that's rather hard to come by: a refreshing look at the comic book film. Like M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, it offers a unique perspective on a genre that's pretty set in its ways and actually does so by combining another rather static subgenre, that of the found footage film.
And perhaps the most surprising thing is that it works, at least at first. The first forty minutes or so, in which the three boys gain their powers and play around with them feel like one of the better superhero origin stories that I've seen in quite some time. Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell all give adequate performances as the three…
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