Excerpt: “Chronicle” uses familiar themes and standard visual effects to tell a superhero story that feels fresh and original. If you can stand the shaky camerawork and you love comic book movies, this is worth checking out.
Excerpt: On paper, Chronicle sounds like an attempt to cash in on two popular genres. "Found footage" movies like the Paranormal Activity series are a staple of October horror programming, while superhero movies have all but taken over the Summer blockbuster season. It's hard to believe it took so long for someone to combine the two. Chronicle isn't really a found footage movie.
Excerpt: If Superman: The Movie made you believe a man could fly, Chronicle will make you believe that three boys can hold their own up in the air as well. Chronicle is a pretty entertaining story about a group of high school kids that discover superpowers. That the film has the added quality of being shot by way of camcorders, cell phones, security cameras, and news footage is an interesting route to take.
Conclusion: Chronicle gets most things right in its first hour and nearly everything wrong in its final twenty minutes. That adds up to a film highly diverting at times but ultimately unsatisfying, which is unfortunate given the promise of the premise and design. It's still worth a look, but brace yourself for disappointment. Fox's Blu-ray combo pack is pretty lightweight, but the fine feature presentation and two different cuts should appease most fans.
Excerpt: Yes. Just yes. If slogging through hours of purported found footage horror movies can lead to more stuff like Chronicle , yes. Well, Chronicle isn’t technically “found footage.” It makes no allusions to any reality other than its own, and toys with the idea of multiple cameras to bring about a cinematic edge so often lost from the lens of a single handheld cam. It’s a film that doesn’t just throw itself together or use the concept to, say, work around a light budget.
Conclusion: 'Chronicle' is a sci-fi fantasy with a terrifically engaging superhero origins drama at its core, and it makes for a highly-entertaining feature-length debut for director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis. Although it keeps to the conventions of the found footage subgenre, the film manages to renew interest and takes the style in a worthwhile direction. The Blu-ray arrives with excellent video and a near reference quality audio presentation.
Excerpt: With all the movies that come out year after year, it’s a rarity that one actually becomes a success. The millions of dollars it takes to produce, shoot, cast and market films is through the roof. So when a film like Chronicle comes along and actually makes a profit – it’s a good thing. The movie was released in early February, right around the time when the studios dumped their other movies on the general public.
Excerpt: Taken at face value, Chronicle has all the ingredients of test-marketed, lowest common denominator film-making. Like Push , I Am Number Four , and Jumper before it, Chronicle gives young and attractive men telekinetic powers -- the perfect superhero ability for cheap, boring special effects. It combines that with the ever-popular found-footage filming technique, the best way to get audiences excited with minimal effort.