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…
Great superhero film. Great use of found footage. Promising start, and only Michael B. Jordan has lived up to the possibilities yet. Dane De Haan is close. Trank seems to be the new Tobe Hooper.
Following the pummelling Fantastic Four got I wanted to revisit Tranks previous film Chronicle.
A bullied white loser would-be GameGater becomes Akira-esque super villian. Sure, it's a sausage fest with no women characters in sight. Barely even a romantic love interest. Yet it's all the stronger for that.
This is the Fantastic Three. Why did they make a rubbish Marvel sequel?
the way its filmed is captivating but the plot is shit.
ending is shit.
characters are shit.
whats going ? ? ???
This was an amazing found footage film. It started off slow but once it got rolling there was so much happening. The special effects were great because it made it look real, but then again this is found footage, which has shaky and sometimes fuzzy cameras so even cheap special effects would have worked. The lead actor was phenomenal.
I reckon Zack Snyder saw the climactic fight in this when he was making MAN OF STEEL and thought, "I can top that!" ...and so ended up pretty much destroying Metropolis.
Anyway, I really enjoyed CHRONICLE; a dark, teen-angsty take on the currently prevalent super-hero movies of Marvel (who, let's face it, rule that particular roost). The three leads are very amiable and entertaining, but their characters also feel very organic - and Michael Kelly is perfectly cast as Dane DeHaan's abusive (but tortured) father, managing to very much make his presence felt in the few scenes in which he appears.
There is the occasional composite shot that betrays the movie's budget, maybe, but on the whole, the film does…
If the found-footage / in-universe-camera thing is meant to provide some kind of grounding in reality, the editing really works in the opposite direction. On the other hand, that particular big action sequence was pretty damn cool.
Quite enjoyed that it was a bunch of friends developing powers together. That dynamic was fun. And felt believable, the goofing and showing off and such.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I know the found footage style is a little played out, but I thought it worked well here. And while the device kind of stopped making sense toward the end of the film, it added to the realism of an unrealistic premise and sold this as a more down-to-earth, personal sort of superhero film. Plus, the telekinesis powers were a good excuse to add some more interesting shots than found footage generally allows for without breaking the reality of the film.
It especially worked in the context of the premise. There was a realism to how a pack of teenage goofballs would respond to gaining super powers and all the screwing around and testing limits seemed accurate in terms…
I really like Dane DeHaan, and this film is really well executed. Highly entertaining.
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