Nor West News : February 2nd 2012
He says: I was really looking forward to seeing this lm. After reading a lot of internet hype, seeing a pretty cool trailer and a 100% review on internet review site Rottentomatoes, Chronicle had me intrigued and excited. Something other recent lm releases had failed to do. I am a sucker for the 'found footage' scenario in movies and anything made to look like it was shot on a basic handycam is cool in my books. I loved Clover eld, have a soft spot for the Blair Witch and wait in anticipation for the next Paranormal Activity. Chronicle takes the concept to a new level. While other lms in the genre have stuck to one camera or two cameras, Chronicle's narrative changes throughout. Sometimes Andrew, our protagonist, oats the camera around with his telekinetic powers. Other shots come from CCTV around the city and we also see the lm through the lens of Casey, a young blogger who has a tendency to lm everything. Chronicle is built on some classic themes that a lot of 'teen movies' draw from. Andrew is the nerdy outcast who has a tough home life, hardly any friends and weird quirks like walking round with a camera. His cousin and best friend, Matt, is popular has a car and is partial to the odd joint. Steve the third of our 'heroes' is an extreme extrovert, football hero and self proclaimed future politician. The movie starts slowly and builds to what can only be described as an epic climax leaving your jaw dropped for the last 30 minutes. I won't give too much away but the ying scenes are incredible and should only be watched on a huge screen. The fact that most of the actors in Chronicle are unknown helps cement the idea that this is actual 'found footage'. All the main characters were well cast and portrayed their roles well. The lesson to be learnt here is an old one, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank tell the story and convey the themes in an exciting and fresh way. At 83mins the movie is just the right length and you'll walk away feeling satis ed. Chronicle was a well done lm which I highly recommend you see on the big screen. Rating: See This Movie: If you're a fan of the 'found footage' style, cool special e ects and telekinetic powers. She says: Unlike Ben I was pretty sure I wouldn't like this movie. However, I was wrong. True to its title, this movie chronicles the extraordinary events that unfold after three high school students gain super-human powers. At rst they are used for humorous purposes (practical jokes on unwitting shoppers, amazing games of football miles up in the air) as they work together to nesse their new found craft. However the trio travel to a much darker place when one boy uses his powers in harmful and destructive ways, forever changing the trajectory of all of their lives. This movie was captivating from start to nish, the shaky hand- held camera technique worked really well and all three main actors put in solid and believable performances helping the viewer to really buy in to the series of fantastical events they were witnessing. History has shown that absolute power in the wrong pair of hands can be a terrifying thing and this movie successfully works upon this theory. I found myself wondering, what would I do with such amazing super powers? What would it take for me to slide down a darker path to right the perceived wrongs in my life? Scary thought. Rating: See this movie if you like the use of the hand-held camera technique and discovering new acting talent (pretty good looking too!).
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