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Chronicle (2012)

by  |  May 23rd, 2012  |  Sci Fi  |  9 Comments

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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.

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Zoey Francis


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  1. Matthew Dowling

    May 24th, 2012at 4:09 PM(#)

    Yeah, this looks like an awesome movie for sure! Great read Zoey, I like your take on the Sci-Fi genre! -matt

  2. Candace Valentino

    May 24th, 2012at 4:13 PM(#)

    Zoey after reading your review I must see this film! I hope to read more from you in the future! Great writing! *+Candace

  3. Keith Link Keith Link

    May 24th, 2012at 4:35 PM(#)

    Just watched this (largely on your recommendation, Zoey) and I must say, I was impressed. It was really surprising – not what I expected at all. There’s been a few attempts at more realistic superhero-type movies and this is among the best – alongside maybe Unbreakable.

  4. Zoey Francis

    May 24th, 2012at 5:41 PM(#)

    Thanks so much, Matt! I grew up watching and reading Sci-Fi, so I absolutely love the genre!

  5. Zoey Francis

    May 24th, 2012at 5:43 PM(#)

    That’s so kind of you to say, Candace! I’m glad that you enjoyed the article! I look forward to reviewing more films in the near future!

  6. Zoey Francis

    May 24th, 2012at 5:47 PM(#)

    Hi, Keith! I appreciate that you took my recommendation to heart! I enjoy stories about people overcoming obstacles and learning to deal with circumstances beyond their control. When I saw this trailer, it was instantly riveting! Another documentary style movie that I enjoyed was ‘Apollo 18’. It had been marketed as a horror film, but was actually a conspiracy/Sci-Fi thriller.

  7. Arya Johari

    June 2nd, 2012at 2:49 AM(#)

    Hello, I have seen the movie as well! The filming style is so unique and the plot is believe-able, and somehow we all can relate to story. (wonder what would I do if I had such power). Top-notch movie, and nice review.

  8. Zoey Francis

    June 2nd, 2012at 12:07 PM(#)

    Hi, Arya! Thanks for reading my review. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I feel the same way… the movie is completely relatable. Most superheroes are born with their special powers; it’s an interesting dilemma to see how teenage boys would handle that kind of power at that point in their lives.

    The other thing that stands out for me, is that the movie is brilliant in handling the psychology of how a person becomes the product of their environment. The character of Andrew greatly illuminates that condition and that’s why the movie resonates for us.

  9. artshaalabangalore

    March 6th, 2015at 3:09 AM(#)

    good article

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