My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-652 are not ordered yet.
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…
Chronicle surprised me. The basic premise sounds like a superhero origins story or something, and that is a genre I want no part of. But what Chronicle delivered is something much more nuanced: an example of teenagers gaining super powers and them having no ideology of helping people.
This keeps Chronicle grounded. Like, most of the teenagers who might actively try fighting crime if they had superpowers would be because they are a fan of the superhero genre. Real people would react in a very different way. And Chronicle does a really good job of exploring this more likely outcome, and does so in a way that feels as authentic as possible given the fantasy/sci-fi premise.
Three teenage boys gain…
Soon, we’re going to have to reconfigure our classification of films that utilize cameras being operated by its characters. Sure, the implication is that the footage is in fact found, most of the time, but then that just rakes in the semantics of editing, finding of footage, and so forth. Chronicle managed to break this found footage genre. It is a dark practice in visual creativity used as a factor in borderline brilliant storytelling. Helmed by newcomers, this shocker of a film not only combines genre, but melds in the idea of fun we come to expect from blockbusters with actually well executed character development and story progression. This is also thanks to the strong performances of the three leads,…
Taught, enjoyable found footage flick staring an engaging trio of lead actors. The fun times sequences and character moments are engrossing and though the final third lacks subtlety, it's a truly bombastic effort. Directed with style, the special effects just pass muster and an impressive host of visual flourishes promote Chronicle as a triumph that warrants a hearty recommendation.
With all of Matt's useless philosophical musings, he might have thought to mention that with great power comes great responsibility. That worked for Peter Parker right?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So I had heard for the past two years about a superhero film called Chronicle, a film that sets superheroes in "reality" and filmed in found-footage, and directed by an up-and-coming filmmaker that's going to be groundbreaking, and all the critics and audiences loved it, and it had amazing performances, but yeah, if you haven't looked at my rating by now, I was very displeased with the so-called masterpiece that was Chronicle.
The film is about a group of teens who discover a mysterious cave one night, and while exploring, they discover a mysterious object that gives them superhuman abilities. As their powers developed, each figure out what they want to do with them, which can lead to serious consequences.…
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Screen 4, Seat H8
A surprisingly well-done debut by Josh Trank makes me very excited for his version of the Fantastic Four.
Watched on an iPad.
This may be at the top of my list for under rated movies. Not enough people have seen this awesome movie.
So Chronicle centers on 3 high school seniors. Andrew Detmer, a physically and emotionally abused kid who has the camera that we see the movie from (this is a found footage film). Matt Garetty, Andrew’s cousin and Steve Montgomery, a friend they make a little into the movie. The thing these 3 have in common is that they all chose to go into a random cave they find in a field which turns out to have some unexplained crystal rock that gives them all the power of telekinesis.
This is how I picture a superhero movie in real life.…
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