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: 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' 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: 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.
Excerpt: It's not hard to link the recent spate of "found footage" films to the phenomenon of YouTube-- more and more people are video taping their daily lives, so why not pretend some actual interesting stories popped up in there? But few found-footage films actually recreate the circumstances in which most people, kids especially, whip out the video camera.
Excerpt: The world didn’t need another “found footage” science-fiction/horror film, and though Chronicle slips the label on a technicality—viewers see the footage as it’s being shot, not after it’s discovered—the Blair Witch concept has become a dominant form in the YouTube age, developing its own set of clichés and indulgences.
Summary: Chronicle laat op een zeer vermakelijke manier zien hoe studenten om kunnen gaan met paranormale krachten. Hoewel de film spannende momenten heeft, hebben we vooral ook veel gelachen. Het is jammer dat de trailers van de film een belangrijke ontwikkeling in het verhaal hebben verraden en dat de laatste vijf minuten voor ons gevoel er alleen maar zijn omdat er een feelgood einde aan de film moest zitten. Verder is Chronicle gewoon genieten.
Pros: + Bevat veel humor, + Bevat spannende momenten, + Leuk in beeld gebracht
Cons: - De trailers hebben een belangrijk moment in het verhaal weggegeven, - De laatste paar minuten hadden niet gehoeven