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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

An unexpected surprise. One of the best of 2012 for sure.

Author: rayato from Puerto Rico
11 February 2012

This is a superhero movie done right. Film comes out of nowhere and will definitely end up being one of the best of 2012. Great performances. The actor that plays Andrew is one to watch. Extremely relatable kid and if you're gone thru the same thing, the very raw scenes with his abusive father will hit close to home. The CGI is fantastic for a $15M production. A very interesting twist on the superhero genre that is fun for the first half and then becomes very dark with a third act that is so absolutely bonkers, it would Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) proud. For a 80- minute movie they could've took their time and fleshed out some characters a bit more but that's irrelevant. Without question one of the most innovative, entertaining films I've seen in years. Go see it!

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22 out of 43 people found the following review useful:

The Superheroes genre gets a Highly Entertaining "Found Footage" treatment.

Author: theycallmemrglass from United Kingdom
2 February 2012

It was only a matter of time until we got a superpowers version of the "found footage" genre. Thankfully, we get a damn good one.

This is a highly entertaining superhero "origins" movie which should delight fans of the genre. However, it does have a rather predictable storyline with quite a few clichés to boot. In fact, those of you who have seen the old classic film, Carrie, with Sissy Spacek, will notice the similarities in the storyline. Originality therefore, is not its strength.

But its the whole execution of the film that completely wins me over. The dialogue was witty and engaging, and there was a delightful balance of humour, drama and very cool moments.

Given that everything is meant to be captured on film by the on screen characters, a lot of liberties is taken with how every key moment is captured but it is cleverly explained and integrated neatly with the superpowers of the protagonists. So the effect of everything that unravels visually is creative, visceral and very entertaining.

Even though I could see where this film is going, it was still compelling and that's mostly down to Dane Dehaan who plays the "Carrie" style character. He was superb. His performance of a troubled teenager gave the film more depth and realism than you would expect from an OTT high concept film like this. Michael B. Jordan provides a natural tone of comic relief while Alex Russel is suitably fine as the more rational leader of the 3 super power teenagers. The 3 leads played off each other well creating a complex chemistry in their relationships that ranges from juvenile foolery to mature responsibilities for each other's conflicting actions and use of their super powers.

There is room for a sequel and as long as they can come up with a good story and try not to rip too much off other sources, I will happily be in the queue to see it.

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23 out of 45 people found the following review useful:

not worth anyones time

Author: spno2
7 April 2012

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k special effects seamless, filming terrible, dialog terrible, its like the Blair witch project without the flair (not that it had any) don't waste your time watching movies like this, you want to watch a film of your friends doing stupid stuff go outside and film it yourself it will turn out better than this movie. The plot about the abused high school kid who decides to film everything is not bad if it were a serious movie about bullying shown in schools, this seems like another attempt to make a really cheap movie and steal as much cash from people as possible, (although some special effects are OK, the whole flight scene was a waste of time)and yes the special effects would have cost a penny or two, it still seems like any first year film student could have thrown it together.

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I Am The Apex Predator (Spoilers Inbound!)

Author: Cruzin Reviews from United States
12 December 2014

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Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis, is a layered, super-powered character study, an entertaining exploration of a troubled teen's psyche. Filmed in the "found-footage" style of horror films such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, Chronicle follows Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan), a downtrodden, isolated teen, along with his cousin Matt Detmer (Alex Russell) and popular class president Steve (Michael B. Jordan) as they learn to control and develop their newfound telekinetic abilities, inspiring mischief that later builds into destructive mayhem.

In terms of cinematography, the "found-footage" style is executed very well, and makes the film feel more immersive. The opening scene depicts our protagonist Andrew setting up a digital movie camera as his father attempts to break into his room. Andrew announces aloud, "I bought a camera and I'm filming everything from here on out." Most of the film is presented through Andrew's camera (in addition to camera phones and security cameras), though it is not certain whether he is documenting his life for himself or wishes to share his life with an audience. In conjunction with the "found-footage" style, there is barely any music in the film, as it would mean that Andrew would have to accompany his video diaries with a soundtrack. The only exception would be the car radio in an early scene in the film. Finally, the special effects are utilized as the telekinetic hi-jinks begin, and kick into overdrive as the film enters its finale.

Andrew doesn't have it easy, and Dane DeHaan gives a great performance in portraying the disconnected teen. Andrew's aforementioned father, an ex-firefighter, is now an unemployed, abusive alcoholic. Andrew's mom is bedridden, afflicted with an unspecified disease. Andrew's only friend is his cousin Matt, also a high school senior, who drives him to and from school. At school, Andrew is an outcast, eating lunch by himself on the bleachers and often targeted by bullies. Things begin to pick up when Matt drags Andrew along to a rave party, in order to crack his shell a bit. Outside the party, Andrew is found by Steve, the confident, well-liked class president who excitedly urges him to follow with the camera. Steve, Andrew and Matt (who was already by the hole) climb down into a cave, encountering a strange glowing object before the camera blacks out. In the next scene, the boys are already testing their new abilities, with no explanation on how they escaped the cave or what the object did to them. This oversight indicates the writer's intention to focus on character reactions and interactions in place of an overarching plot.

In his essay entitled, "The Hero Defines the Genre, the Genre Defines the Hero," Peter Coogan establishes "mission, powers and identity" as the defining traits of a superhero and his/her narrative. The boys of Chronicle are gifted with extraordinary abilities but are lacking in the mission and identity criteria. Some of the movie's best scenes are when the boys are screwing around with their new powers, pulling pranks and flying around. No one displays ambitions to use their powers to benefit anyone, like a hero would. Andrew even asks Matt if he has thought of doing anything more with his powers while they skipped rocks at a lake, to which he replied, "No." While they don't reveal their abilities to anyone outside the circle, their identities still remain intact as high school kids. Interestingly enough in a film where teens receive super powers, the word "hero" was not uttered at all. The boys are not super heroes, but simply teenagers, each with issues and insecurities. This route may've been taken to provide a more "realistic" depiction of a bunch of kids gifted with extraordinary power. Thus, this film could be better categorized as a teen power fantasy rather than a superhero film. It's safe to say that teenagers were the primary target audience of this film, featuring a high school setting and themes such as fitting in. However, the promise of superpowers is sure to attract younger and adult viewers as well.

Despite not being a traditional superhero narrative, this film tackles one of the genre's greatest themes: power and responsibility. "With great power comes great responsibility" is a quote often attributed to Uncle Ben of The Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker's deceased uncle. Peter takes these words to heart as Spider-Man, vowing to use his abilities for the good of New York City. Unfortunately, Andrew doesn't have such guidance. As the film runs, his mother's conditions worsens and his relationship with his father deteriorates. His abilities only amplify his isolation, warping his sensibilities as his powers grow stronger. In one scene in the latter half of the film, Andrew uses his telekinesis to toy with a spider, lifting it in the air before separating its limbs and killing it. This scene serves as a window into Andrew's head while also foreshadowing what's to come. Despite not having a specific mission or purpose, Andrew uses his newfound power to exert his long repressed will, even for all the wrong reasons.

Chronicle is not a wholly original film, owing many ideas to film and comic predecessors such as The X-Men, Carrie and Akira. However, Chronicle was successful on putting a fresh spin on the superhero origin narrative. Featuring a troubled, compelling, and sometimes relatable protagonist, this film weaves a story of corruption well-adapted to the computer age through a smart utilization of the "found-footage" gimmick. Despite being set on such a massive scale thanks to the extraordinary abilities of the main cast, at its core, this film can be viewed better as a psychological analysis of a damaged psyche. This is a great directorial debut for Josh Trank and I'm looking forward to what he does for the upcoming 2015 Fantastic Four film.

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Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
25 November 2014

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I heard a little about this film after it had finished its run in the cinemas, I knew it involved either superheroes or people gaining superpowers, and then I heard about how the film is structured, kind of like Cloverfield, so I was hoping critics mostly positive reviews would prove correct. Basically in Seattle, shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan) has no friends, is bullied at high school student and lives with abusive alcoholic Richard (Michael Kelly) and terminally ill mother Karen (Bo Petersen), and wanting to express his creative side he buys himself an high quality HD video camera to chronicle his everyday life. Andrew's cousin Matt Garetty (Alex Russell) takes him to a party with schoolmate Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan), while there they overhear a loud noise and go to investigate it, they find a large hole in the ground of a field, exploring the underground they find an alien source, and following a blackout they find the next day or two that they have acquired superpowers, including telekinesis, flight and superhuman strength, Andrew captures many of their abilities experiments on camera. Slowly their integrity is tested as they find disagreements with each other and become irresponsible, particularly Andrew who becomes the most powerful of the trio, but unlike them he also becomes easily tempered and dangerous, Steve is killed when struck by lightning while flying in the sky and trying to console him in a moment of frustration. Andrew's mother's incurable cancer worsens and she needs a medicine that he cannot afford, so he uses his powers to steal mother, but he is too late and she dies, and that is when he really snaps and goes into a mad rage of destruction, and Matt, vowing to use his powers for good, is the only one who can stop him, they have a turbulent fight, and in the end Matt has no choice but to kill Andrew, and he flies away in the end with Andrew's camera, leaving it behind in Tibet after one final recording. Also starring Ashley Hinshaw as Casey Letter, Anna Wood as Monica, Joe Vaz as Michael Ernesto and Rudi Malcolm as Wayne. You can argue that this is nothing original, characters gaining superpowers, some turning nasty and the others going against them as the force for good, but the "found footage" element from characters' perspectives adds a little twist and makes it a bit more interesting to watch, and of course the special effects and action sequences are impressive and make it flow nicely, overall a watchable science-fiction drama. Very good!

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amazing movie, different

Author: milosneverland
24 November 2014

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Contains many spoilers!! hmm, so I just finished watching this movie. and I loved it and usually I love any kind of ending, sad, happy, cliffhanger the list goes on. but this one I must say I strongly disliked. it was so sad, the character you were rooting for the entire movie was killed, and killed in an abrupt way, like you know it was probably for the best but you just didn't feel it was right. and it left me with a big hole in my chest because I was so sad he was just gone.

that being said this movie was incredible, so different and well written it, and some what relatable. it came from the found footage genre like films like the blare witch project and paranormal activity. but this movie goes far beyond these similar movies, it tells so much story I just don't know how to describe how great this movie was so the story is basically about Andrew and his 2 friends who gets telekinesis powers after finding.... and they film their whole experience. you can read the other reviews if you want the full summary.

I fully 100% recommend this film to everyone it was so good, enjoyable relatable and refreshingly different. so what are you waiting for?!?! go watch it!

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Hey, what did Jung say about glow sticks?

Author: tieman64 from United Kingdom
17 November 2014

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"You're looking into their eyes, you feel that last bit of breath leaving their body; a person in that situation is God." - Ted Bundy

Directed by Josh Trank, "Chronicle" follows three high school seniors as they inexplicably develop super powers. One of these students, Andrew (Dane DeHaan), begins to abuse his gifts.

Though it owes a lot to comic-book superheroes, "Chronicle" plays best as a look into the psyche of teenage spree killers. Andrew is an outcast, bullied, feels impotent, has an abusive father, is mocked for his sexual inadequacies and has a pair of symbolically castrated parents. A ball of pent-up aggression, Andrew's newfound powers, like a pair of guns hastily purchased at Wallmart, allow him to violently lash out. The film climaxes with Andrew murdering a number of fellow students and civilians. If disrespect breeds violence, then, like many of the world's youngest school shooters, Andrew's the expected outcome of very specific forces. The film thus presents, not only the flip-side to your typical Marvel/DC hero, but an interesting discussion on power and agency and how victims internalise hate and become perpetrators themselves.

"Chronicle", incidentally, is also a "found footage" film. Though such faux documentaries are now commonplace, Trank manages to keep things fresh. Unlike most in its genre, the film is well shot, cut and composed. Often imaginative, it puts many of its big-budget siblings to shame.

7.9/10 – See "Elephant" (2003), "Targets" (1968) and "Akira".

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The Best Found Footage Movie of All-Time!

Author: KalKenobi83 from Denver, Colorado
16 October 2014

Watched Chronicle With Dane Dehaan(American History X ) as Andrew Detmer . Also Starred Alex Russell(Sweet Revenge) as Matt Garetty , Michael B.Jordan (Legends Of The Fall ) as Steve Montgomery and Michael Kelly(Invincible) as Richard Detmer This is one of the best found footage also the character's were memorable but it was very compelling also it was brilliantly shot Capturing teenage angst on film has always seemed like a real struggle for Hollywood. Common knowledge dictates that if you faced the camera towards a group of well groomed twenty-somethings and relegated them to a particular clique it'll all work out. Yet "Chronicle's" script expands on that world without making it "the film". Steve is popular because he is genuinely a sociable guy not because he's some feckless ladder climber. On the flip-side of the coin, Andrew is withdrawn and anti-social because his mother is ill and his father is an alcoholic with a rage problem. These are very real issues that are glossed over or ignored in average teen movies. also Amazing Cinematography Matthew Jensen(Numb3rs), Screenplay By Max Landis(Ghost Closet) and Direction By Josh Trank(Kill Point) also a staple in the superhero movie sub-genre The Best Found Footage Movie of All time 9/10

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One of the better "found footage" films out there.

Author: Lord moo_23 from Canada
23 September 2014

This movie makes me excited for Josh Trank's future projects because his work is unique and surprisingly redeemable. Dane DeHaan delivered a stellar performance, which was much needed because of the distractingly poor CGI. I was not bothered by the "found footage" aspect at all, and believed that it helped me learn more about Andrew's character as I could see the world from his perspective. The filmaking style also enhanced the suspense/horror aspect of the movie. Apart from a rushed conclusion, Chronicle was a nice surprise that is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of sci-fi and superhero movies.

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Something new in Sci- fi genre

Author: shreekara-1995 from Udupi, Karnataka
25 August 2014

Its the Power that strengthens an individual and if it crosses its limitations and begin to control once movements then no doubt that the same Power turns to be the curse, yes this is the simple summary of the 2012's sci-fi movie "Chronicle".

This is the story that revolves around three boys Andrew, Matt and Steve, each have their own traits, recognition & behavior, their normal living changes when they discover that they have an ability to control the surrounding objectives with their mind, initially they are amused about their extraordinary powers, they use those powers without any actual purpose, in their exiting state they just play a pranks over others using their supernatural powers but when Andrew funnily sweeps away the moving car with his powers into the nearby pond hurting the driver, situation becomes bit serious, all the three get bit anxious about their powers and draw some rules about the usage of their powers, they restrict their powers on using it on any living things, initially they discover the enormous possibilities of their powers and are excited about it, they control other things, they float in the air and were able to do many things than the normal one couldn't do, but initially Andrew makes some negative use of his powers, he is been bullied by his father and the bedridden mother made him to go rebel, he turns anti towards society in this course his cousin Matt try a lot to bring him down from his hyper and negative usage of his powers but when he realizes it's of no use, the only option he got was to kill him, this is how the misuse of that Power come to an end.

First of all the plot is fine and totally has a novelty touch, the performances were absolutely great, the role played by Dehaan as Andrew is appreciable, Jordan and Russell were also superb regarding their performance, cinematography is so lively done and awesome, overall it's an unique and good kind of sci-fi movie to try a taste with.

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