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This movie pleasantly surprised me. All you need to know about the
story is that three teens mysteriously gain superpowers and have fun
just screwing around with them in idiotic ways. However, when one of
them takes a dark turn, the movie becomes more plot driven.
The movie is found footage format, so it uses a single camera to film things. Overall, the special effects are good yet practical. They are not over the top, like in many action movies. There are some truly hilarious scenes of the guys using their powers in regular, everyday places. Who wouldn't want to abuse their powers on unsuspecting people? The characters (there are only three, maybe four) are pretty well developed. They bond with each other over their new powers. However, when you learn how crappy life is for one of them, Andrew, you can probably guess what will ultimately happen to his character (teen angst, physical abuse, superpowers, you do the math.) The movie takes a dark turn and all hell pretty much breaks loose in the climax. Here's where the sense of scale gets upped and the effects go crazy. It pretty much becomes a full blown action movie. You can tell most of the budget was spent on the climax.
A few minor complaints. Because the movie is found footage, no doubt you are going to get some slow moments. Some parts feel a little too drawn out, such as when we're forced to listen to one of the guys cry, but thankfully these moments are few. Also, Andrews character was a bit too whiny and annoying, and his dad was a bit over the top in his physical and verbal abuse. Also, I thought it wrapped up a little to quickly; they probably cold have done more with the climax.
As far as found footage movies with unknown actors go, this is definitely one of the best. It's a unique take on the superhero genre, and when it's got a budget and compelling story to back it up, it makes for an enjoyable movie.
Chronicle uses the current found footage craze to great effect as it
follows three high school seniors with totally different personalities
who stumble upon an underground passage. What they discover there gives
them supernatural powers, which they carefully hone and learn to
control. Soon they can move objects with their minds and fly. These
powers grow significantly, especially within Andrew, who is an outcast
at school. He also has a dying mother and an abusive father.
This does not play out like a superhero movie as Andrew decides on an unconventional method in order to gain the funds to pay for his mother's very expensive meds, which the family cannot afford. Eventually his rage spirals out of control until the people around him start paying the price.
As far as found footage goes, this one is right up there with the likes of Cloverfield. The special effects are spectacular, the characters are well thought out and believable, and the conclusion was so well done it left me breathless. Highly recommended
Chronicle has a great plot, eye popping special effects At the end and the characters are beyond good.I mostly like the drama of it a shy lonely Teenager gets ware of supernatural powers and with him over reacting he becomes totally unexpected at the end. As a big fan of teen movies I had a little theory way back before this film came out. I thought of this once, what if a person had a power but no villain to fight? Or no saving nor nothing? That person, wouldn't he over react with that power and do something bad with it? And many months later this movie came out! Trust me this film will not disappoint you it's a must see, I'm such a huge fan of chronicle Now I hope there's a two in this movie. But it isn't Andrews fault it's his surroundings that turn him into a well let's say not a nice person. So if you had a supper power what would it be?
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A smart, indie-spirited superhero movie that asks the question
(admittedly not for the first time), what would really happen if
ordinary people developed superpowers, but handles the result with more
wit and emotional punch than the premise might suggest.
Three teenagers, after an unexplained encounter with something...well, something, find themselves in possession of some form of telekinetic ability which manifests mildly at first, and is the cause of much entertaining japery, but soon develops into something with far more alarming strength.
The three leads all perform extremely well with what are largely archetypes; the bullied loner and the popular cool kid for example, and build an engaging relatable friendship that goes beyond high school movie cliché, even while the movie indulges in some of that genres most well-worn tropes (school hall bullies, problem fathers, trying to get laid at parties). What feels at first to be rather over-familiar works as an effective piece of audience wrong-footing, as the movie then makes a lurch into darker, more dramatic, and genuinely original territory.
The conceit of all this playing out through selfie home video footage is a somewhat peculiar choice, becoming an unnecessary millstone to the production as the third act requires every police officer and bystander alike to be blessed with Roger Deakins levels of camera control. But this oddity aside, Chronicle is a breeze. Moving from charming hi-jinx to an efficiently devastating finale in less running time than it takes for Bilbo to get all those dwarfs out of the kitchen.
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I started watching the film with the sense that I would be falling
asleep twenty minutes into it. It was night, I was tired and the title
was boring. A few seconds later, my interest was awaken by the
uncomfortable and troubling opening scene in Andrew's house - one of
the protagonists. His father, an abusive alcoholic (at some time in the
story it is divulged that he is also unemployed), is trying to forcibly
get himself into his son's room, but cannot accomplish this because
Andrew previously looked his door and is now announcing that he will be
recording everything that happens to him.
And this is indeed how we get to see the film, through the lenses of different cameras, which, despite being one of my least favorite types of filming, greatly enhances the authenticity of the scenes and the likability of the main characters. Three high-school boys, Andrew, Matt and Steve, who could not be any more dissimilar, will soon be brought together by a scary, odd and yet fascinating experience from which they inexplicably emerge super-naturally powerful. Probably the best scenes in the film are the ones in which the three teenage boys discover the extent of their power and the fact that it increases through constant practice. Even if one could obviously not relate to the occurrence as such, it easy to understand their giddy reactions and adolescent pranks.
This seemingly unrehearsed display of powers, casts light unto their personalities and hints to their respective role in the group. Without being a nominated leader, Andrew is the strongest one and, unfortunately, the least controllable. He gradually turns very dark, even homicidal, especially due to his problematic family situation (his raging father, dying mother and almost no financial resources), but also as a result of constantly feeling like an outcast. Steve is the most popular of the trio, easy-going and caring. Sadly, he falls victim to one of Andrew's rage attacks, an incident which marks the precipitation of the latter's downfall. Matt, Andrew's cousin, is the reasonable type, ready to obey self-imposed rules which should help them avoid hurting themselves and others. He is the one left to stop his friend, now turned into a chaotic and unscrupulous villain, and will do so with much remorse.
The three actors, although not particularly famous, play their part convincingly, attracting the admiration and affection of the viewer. There are a few issues that remain unresolved throughout the plot, but it does little to taint the overall effect. This is a good film!
This was an alright movie.. not as great as people are making it out to
be. I do like the concept of the superpower though, but it could've
been much better.
1. The found footage style presented in this movie is very unrealistic compared to any other found footage films (Even the cuts/edits and camera angles seem a bit too professionally done). And why would you bring a camera with you to rob a gas station? 2. There is 1 likable character in this movie.. but his role is short. As for the main character, his actions & decisions make no sense throughout this film. I get that he's a depressed teen that's socially awkward, but the way he transforms just doesn't seem convincing.
Overall, it was okay... not as great as people say it is.
I give this movie a 10 because I have never in the last 9 years watched a better movie than this one! There are only 2 movies I absolutely loved and they are The Exorcism of Emily and Insidious. And now THIS one! I totally loved it! You will not regret watching it, trust me! Chronicle held my attention all of 1 hour and 23 minutes it lasted. I am really pleasantly surprised by this movie! As soon as I saw it on The Internet, it cought my attention and I bought it - and I do not regret the money that I gave to purchase this movie! I am fascinated! I suggest for you to watching, I guarantee you much entertainment and fun! You could even learn something from it!
entertaining nice but it could be better, there is Idea that no matter what what you do make or what do you have still the opinion of parents will effect you the most , it's very nice movie worth the time but i wish it ends in better way using the camera on the way documentary films was beautiful and smart, making this project a more enjoyable, time was an important factor was not long and boring, but unfortunately i still have a big issue with the ending it could be better , and in this movie you don't need to bay a blue-ray version in the end it's not batman or the iron man but for me it's more enjoyable then iron-man if you have time and nothing to watch , watch it
Chronicle is the Blair Witch Project of the super hero flicks.
The good. Surprising. Funny. Immersive.
The actors. Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan who play the main characters give us a very good performance. You really get into the mood of those guys goofing around, it's crazy. DeHaan, who played the troubled kid, is even excellent. Nice ending.
The bad. At some point, the hand-held camera premise got a bit constrictive and they had to find an other camera totting character, the blogger. That was one too many, and you loose the intimate feeling of the group.
The ugly. When they couldn't keep the hand-held camera premise anymore, they shifted to include CC camera. There's even a shot done from a point of view where there's no "naturally occurring" camera.
The result. Really worth the seeing, just don't expect perfection.
Too many badly-made films have left me jaded, big-time. This film,
though, felt fresh and compelling from its first moments. As if i was
very close to what was happening on the screen, almost uncomfortably
close at times. It was a refreshing feeling! While watching, i felt the
tension build until it seemed that small rocks were starting to rise
and hover in a foreboding manner around my couch, as they did in the
movie. My cynical side would call this movie Akira Light, but even so,
i would HIGHLY recommend it.
Filler: loved the actors, none of whom i recognized. Don't be put off by hearing about the hand-held camera style, it's not overly frenetic. Made me lol when i realized the camera-saturation toward the end is completely realistic in our society.
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