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Chronicle 2012

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Starring:
Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Teen & Young Adult
Director Josh Trank
Starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell
Supporting actors Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw, Bo Petersen, Anna Wood, Rudi Malcolm, Luke Tyler, Crystal-Donna Roberts, Adrian Collins, Grant Powell, Armand Aucamp, Nicole Bailey, Lynita Crofford, Royston Stoffels, Patrick John Walton, Lance Elliot, Nadine Suliaman, Pierre Malherbe
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
Not having even seen a trailer for this movie, I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to watch it - what I got was a total surprise - and I really enjoyed it! PLus, I am not going to write a scene by scene review of the movie and analyse the plot - why spoil the viewing for someone else?

Even though the three main characters gain superhero powers this is definite not a superhero movie- which makes a great change, because you can see too many of the "fights against evil" type movie. Imagine three normal teenage guys who develop superhuman powers and what they would use those powers for. The results are very "realistic", human and emotional at times but to say more, would spoil the movie for anyone else.

It is a clever fast paced plot with good special effects, some great dialogue and performances with Dane Dehaan in particular as Andrew, the guy with a dreadful home life who everyone thinks is a loser, really coming across well - you certainly start to feel for him right from the first scene. Although the film is not always an easy one to watch, some of the scenes being quite moving, it does have some funny moments and I laughed out loud several times, my son laughing even more - the supermarket scene in particular was great comedy.

To sum up, it is a great little film with some unexpected surprises along the way, one definitely worth getting the popcorn out for and you will be glued to it.

Extras include: pre-visualisation FX work of two scenes; actors' camera test and the cinema trailer. There is also a digital copy to enable you to watch the movie on ipad, iphone, tablet or android phone (with instructions on how to transfer from pc or mac). NB: We haven't tried the digital copy - nothing compatible to play it on.
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Format: DVD
I guess it was inevitable that the superhero flick would eventually meet the found footage genre and I think they really nailed it with Chronicle.

The set up is brief and pretty effective - three guys at a party find a glowing something or other buried under the ground. They touch it, it appears to give them certain superpowers (obviously) and they each suddenly have telekinesis, flight and more at their disposal. What exactly it is that they they found and how/why it's had this effect on them doesn't seem to overly matter......

Early on one of the characters, Andrew (Dane Dehaan), sets up the conceit that he is now filming himself and his friends/enemies on a regular basis so what follows is his video diary of sorts of the boys playing with their new found traits and seeing how far they can push them. As it turns out, some are prepared to push further than others and the plot spins on from there.

Directed by Josh Trank who apparently will soon be trying his hand at a Star Wars flick, there's plenty of imagination and wit on offer here. There's a clear character progression as things move along and escalate, moving towards a fantastic, city wide smackdown. Most of the film is shot on just a couple of handheld cameras but for the climax the rules are bent as various other cameras are used - bystanders phones, CCTV, police, news stations all capture the action. Bit of a cheat perhaps but it works well enough to get away with it.

Overall, I thought this was a quality piece of work. Recommended.
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As usual I ventured into this film with the expectation of watching yet another stereotyped "superhuman" film, but within a very short time I was very pleasantly surprised. Casting was spot on and it was easy to get sucked in to the story and feel yourself watching real life through a window. Even when the super-normal things started happening to the main characters, they were still just ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances.

Throughout the film is the usual thread of real life and of things happening in the background, but it is not there as a filler, but as a necessary explanation. The thread makes the plot much more believable, to the point where you are almost pleading with the lead character not to follow the path he is on.

The camera work was quite acceptable for me, maybe there were a few moments where the continual use of the video camera by some of the characters could be seen as very slightly over the top. But this has to remain a very minor criticism and must not be allowed to detract from the storyline of friendship strained by circumstances and the affect of unnatural power on ordinary people trying to live an ordinary life.

The composition, direction and scriptwriting was well balanced and the CGI, which was particularly well crafted, was used only where and when necessary without being the main focus of the film. With a subtle mix of occasional humour offset by emotional crisis, often particularly poignant, the film scores highly for me and I am sure that I will find myself watching it again in the future.
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Personally I thought this film was great, the idea behind it is frankly genius yet simple: A realistic take on an overused genre - the superhero. This film deals in emotion, camaraderie and coming of age themes in a way that you can truly relate to and believe. The hand-held camera angle is also very cleverly done...it brings added realism and an intimacy to the film that makes you feel closer to; and more understanding of, the characters themselves, rather than just an observer. Overall a very good film I do recommend seeing it.
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