Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Chronicle Review


Release Date: 2nd February 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Davis Entertainment
Dune Entertainment (made in association with)

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Rating: M

Runtime: 80 minutes

Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $126,636,097

Plot Summary
Witness the mind bending
chronicle of great power
gone awry. When three
ordinary high school friends
make an extraordinary
discovery, they acquire
amazing abilities beyond
their understanding. They
can move objects with
their minds, crush cars
at will, and even fly. But
as their strength grows,
so do their darker sides.
When harmless pranks
give way to more
dangerous escapades,
their lives spin recklessly
out of control, leading to
an explosive, high-flying
climax that will leave you

Alex Russell - Matt Garetty
Dane DeHaan - Andrew Detmer
Michael B. Jordan - Steve Montgomery
Michael Kelly - Richard Detmer
Ashley Hinshaw - Casey Letter
Anna Wood - Monica
Bo Petersen - Karen Detmer
Anna Wood - Monica
Rudi Malcolm - Wayne
Luke Tyler - Sean
Crystal-Donna Roberts - Samantha
Adrian Collins - Costly
Grant Powell - Howard
Armand Aucamp - Austin
Nicole Bailey - Cala

Story/Director - Josh Trank
Story/Screenplay - Max Landis
Executive Producer - James Dodson
Producers - John Davis and Adam Schroeder
Production Designer - Stephen Altman
Director of Photography - Matthew Jensen
Editor - Elliot Greenberg
Visual Effects Supervisor - Simon Hansen
Visual Effects Supervisor: Rhythm & Hues - Raymond Chen
Music Supervisor - Andrea von Foerster

Before Josh Trank recently moved to Hollywood and made an infamy with the unsuccessful if not tedious reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR. He made his directorial debut on a found footage movie that he filmed in 2012 entitled CHRONICLE. It remains as an absolute one-hit wonder to his promising and doomed career. The director at the time was new, young and fresh to Hollywood and has not yet delivered his latest and failed dark interpretation of Marvel's beloved superhero team to the big screen. The subject of this movie was not that of a typical superhero action movie but rather is all about three teenagers that gain superpowers and none of them are interested in saving the world. CHRONICLE should have been a game changer to director Josh Trank who is more suited to produce pictures out of small scale rather than doing big budget projects. Much like M. Night Shyamalan whose repetitiveness and change of style has lead to the outcome of having disappointing movies like THE HAPPENING and THE LAST AIRBENDER (click here).

CHRONICLE introduced new stars such as Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan who have both progressed as consistent performers. DeHaan was an extraordinarily talented youth of an actor and he portrays a huge part of character that is soon to be fallen on his dark side and probably a better villain than his own Harry Osborn in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN sequel.

This movie is surprisingly a very watchable and thrilling cinematic experience, in watching CHRONICLE, the use of the video camcorder in a way that it looks like the actors are holding the camera as they are running and it is shaking and moving all over the place. Much as you would see in a documentary or in a horror feature, this camera adds a sense of realism and grittiness. If you had not seen this great picture, you should definitely give it a chance.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. Hi FGL,
    Have never heard of this film but really like the genre so will make every effort to watch it based on your review.