My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 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.
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'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…
I really, really liked Chronicle the first time I watched it and I really liked it with each subsequent watch but 2012 was a tough year for movies because it had so many truly great ones. You had films like Looper, films like The Grey, films like Cabin in The Woods and Dredd, it was like the longer the year went on the less I was able to appreciate Chronicle because of all the great stuff around it.
What I like about this movie is its use of found footage. A majority of the time, found footage is used for horror films and you kind of already know what to expect. It's refreshing to see this technique on a different kind of story and executed quite well.
The script is original and touches topic that people of any age can relate to such as parental issues,loneliness,and finding comfort in friendships. The characters are brought to life by great actors. Dane DeHaan's character,Andrew,man I really felt bad for that kid. The story was written well enough that,even though what happens towards the end of the movie, you dont hate character.
I enjoy this movie everytime I see it and probably still will in future viewings.
Though its 'found footage' format feels completely useless (and invites unwelcome questions), this relatively small-scale superhero movie is really good fun. Three teens explore a weird hole they find in a field, a glowing crystal pulses at them, and suddenly they find they can move things with their minds. Once they figure out they can move themselves, that means they can fly. The three leads are all great and, even though it's sign-posted too heavily, when one of them turns to evil it's actually pretty tragic.
I'm still unsold on whimpering shit Dane DeHaan, but this is a lot of fun. The most inventive use of found footage since Blair Witch. The rest of the cast have good chemistry and make up for DeHaan's sniveling protagonist.
Two things made Chronicle way better than the average found-footage film. One, the cinematography was not always as simple as someone just holding a camera and running around; using telekinetic powers, the main character would often move the camera around his environment in interesting ways giving us interesting vantage points. And two, the story is just plain great and does more of the talking than its found-footage aesthetic.
Probably the second best found footage movie I have seen. First being Paranormal Activity (the first one). This was really fun watching. For me it somehow felt realistic even though I know this is completely fiction. If someone were to actually acquire these powers I feel like this is exactly what would might happen in real life. So yup I really liked this movie.
the main problem was that they were very accurate representations of teenage boys and teenage boys are the worst
Not what I expected, but nevertheless it's a new twist on the superpower and found-footage genres. The problem of this film is that it relies too much on family drama/bullying angle just to be taken seriously, when comic scenes are most memorable and enjoyable. All that drama is just too juvenile and unbelievable to be anything but annoying. DeHaan is interesting actor, I hope he won't get stuck in the whinny villain with the daddy issues role (I watched this film after seeing him in Spiderman).
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