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…
Overall Grade: C
Im in love with movies that are filmed in the way chronicle was filmed, just like project X.
The movie started out great and a happy tone and as it progressed it just got darker and darker, It would have been better if it would have stayed more on the happy side.
It’s one of those movies, that were obviously made by some talented people, but unfortunately the result isn’t as good as it should be. I love how they found some original ways to make a “found footage” (although technically nobody found that footage) movie look more cinematic and some scenes, like the first flight or the finale are breathtaking, but in the end it’s a pretty lame and cliche filled story.
Although the movie runs less than 80 minutes before the end credits roll, there are still so many scenes and characters (like the female blogger) that could have been left on the cutting room floor. And the result would have been a seriously cool short film! But in its current form, CHRONICLE won’t get more than a “nice try, next time please put more effort into making a good movie, and not just a showcase for some cool ideas” from me.
This movie gave me the superpower of endless diarrhea.
I was late to this gem and all I have to say is this film eats your origin stories for breakfast.
This was amazing. It pretty much is an adaptation of Akira. And its awesome. A little more gore and I would have added a heart with the 5 stars.
Looked it up a little in the internet, the actor playing Andrew is actually up for the part of Tetsuo in the American Akira. If the American Akira is as half as good as Chronicle I 'll probably see that too.
Anyway if you 've seen Akira, liked Akira, then see Chronicle. Its worth it.
thanks to jessie, who recommended this movie... enjoyable movie... fresh and nice concept....
Avoiding the shaky handed and annoying camera work of films like Quarantine and Cloverfield, Chronicle actually provides some pretty stunning visuals, as well as a more creative and entertaining storyline. Dane DeHaan is stellar in his role as Andrew Detmer, and I just really enjoy the premise and the way the story is presented.
I really liked how it played with the found footage style by integrating their powers and using other sources. Much more engaging than other found footage. Considering I was supposed to feel bad for main character I mostly just found him annoying. New type of origin story was nice to see.
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