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…
Pretty tropey. The found-footage convention doesn't integrate with the themes of the movie, but would, but for some missing connective tissue.
A great idea with an interesting tone but seriously flawed. There's a strong argument to be made that the director has absolutely no idea what he's doing. His creation feels like a stretched student short, a completely superficial teenager's fantasy. There was so much scope to explore the human condition via any number of avenues. Instead we spend most of the movie watching one dimensional kids do cool stuff. The finale is effective as a cathartic exercise but too little too late, and far too predictable. The overwhelming sense we're left with is that much more could have been done with the idea. Having said that, it's easy to imagine how a major studio could also have done much less. The downbeat vibe is very welcome, it helps keep a significant distance from the sort of shiny, colourful crap that constitutes even 'alternative' superhero movies.
At a base level, this movie was exactly what I expected going in. It was predictable, chaotic, and a little bit ridiculous, but it kept me interested by being legitimately compelling, exciting, and even thought provoking. There were two main unexpected issues though, and these were the pacing and the found footage aspect. The pacing of this movie was honestly a gong show. It kept you constantly disoriented and even confused which, while it may have been intended, had a super negative impact on my viewing experience. As far as the found footage apsect, it wasn't terrible, and even brought in some interesting cinematography (wen Andrew hold the camera with his mind) but overall just didn't feel like it was necessary or good for the film.
PS: I'd like to know... Is this a superhero movie?
Very original take on the superhero genre.
Chronicle would be so much better if it wasn't in the awful found footage style. Granted that is true of basically every other found footage movie ever made.
Chronicle is a 2012 found-footage sci-fi film. Directed by Josh Trank and starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell (Wasted on the Youth, Almost Kings) and Michael B. Jordan (Red Tails). Although the film is set entirely in Seattle, Washington it was actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa to reduce the budget.
Chronicle follows high schoolers Andrew (DeHaan), Matt (Russell) and Steve (Jordan). Andrew is an angst-ridden anti-social teenager who decides to chronicle his life with a video camera and his cousin Matt is trying to help him fit in. Along with Matt's friend Steve, the trio discover a mysterious crater in the earth when they become bored with a local rave and venture inside to discover something not of this…
Way better than I expected. Sadly however, it's a missed opportunity. If you developed super powers what would you do? Exactly - make a cool costume and become a super hero/super villain. The guys in Chronicle use their considerable powers to play practical jokes, perform magic shows and basically try to impress the ladies. There's a great big fight at the end which is not unlike the Hulk's city based punch up with Submariner, but it's too little too late. Promising, but far from perfect.
All the perfomances are great and the effects with the budget Josh Trank had is rather impressive. The film is smart, funny and extremely dark and dramatic. Personally the best found footage and if I dare superhero ( villian ) origin stories of all time. If your a fan of origin stories this is a must see!
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.
Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…