Anti-Heroes Need Love, Too!
Utter Geek Nirvana… That’s how I’d describe the feeling sweeping over me after watching ‘Chronicle’. This was the first movie release of the year where I didn’t question whether or not I should wait until the DVD came out. I had seen the trailer and felt instantly intrigued by it. After perusing several reviews, it turned into a must-see-kind-of-a-movie.
So why did this film resonate with me and what made it so damn enjoyable? The two most important factors: the invigorating performances by a talented trio of young male actors, and the jaw-dropping special effects (especially prominent in the last act of the movie). To this effect, ‘Chronicle’ reminded me of another sci-fi indie hit, ‘District 9′. Both movies showcased actors that seemed to come out of nowhere and delivered memorable performances. And both had special effects that begged the question, “How the hell did they pull that off?”
Of course, none of this would have been possible without an ingenious script and brilliant direction. Max Landis and Josh Trank delivered in spades. Not only did they produce a film of superior quality, they proved to movie studios what smart business is all about (the movie cost about $12 million and has brought in over $50 million domestically, so far). From the looks of it, there’s a very strong possibility of a sequel. I, for one, certainly hope so! Until then, I look forward to purchasing my very own ‘Chronicle’ DVD and adding it to our ever-growing sci-fi collection.