Film Review: Chronicle


Title: Chronicle (2012)
Language: English

Director: Josh Trank
Writers: Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (story)
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

I am not sure why I have never heard about this film long time ago when it was first released. I don’t know why this is not as popular as the other films in the cinema last year. I am pretty sure I could have watched it long time ago if I knew what the film was about but, oh yeah… people might have been busy talking about the expensive cars racing on the street or the English agent trying to chase the bad guy. Maybe because there are not too many big names on the cast list, or maybe because it did not have enough budget to boost the advertisement?

I don’t know.

But I am pretty sure if I knew there was a film like this, I would have gone to the cinema to watch it instead of doing it on the aeroplane in-flight entertainment. I have to say, this is one of a great film you should watch. And I am about to tell you why.

The premise of the story was quite simple, three teenage boys suddenly gained superpower. However, the focus of the story itself was not in how the superpower changed their life like most superheroes films, but the dynamic of these boys friendships because of the power they have got.

I am so glad that the story writer did not bother to make up story about how they got they superpower because it would ruined the focus of the story. I am glad that whoever came up with the story did not bother to make it a superhero story. I am glad that these teenage boys were still teenagers after they received this power and it made the whole impossibility, and the things that made no sense to me were eventually forgiven. I think I have to thank the story maker for coming up with the hell of a story which was not “mainstream”.

Now that I think about it, maybe one of the reason why this film was not too famous, was because of that. A dark story about three teenage boys, who are not a typical american hero you’ve seen in Marvel’s superheroes film, with no famous names in it. Not too commercial is it?

I cannot give too much comment about cinematography and such, because I don’t know much about that. What I know is that I love the angle of the camera shoot. Oh, if you have seen the film you would know why I said that.

I am afraid I could not say more without eventually spoiling everything, but I should say that this is a must seen film. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might have to find the DVD or Blue Ray or whatever. Or you could legally or illegally download it from somewhere. I would give it an 8 out of 10, but probably if I watched it on a proper television or even cinema I could give more (since I would have got a better sound system to watch it with).

Would I recommend it to anyone? Well… I know that people likes different things. Some likes a pure brainless actions, some likes a bit of drama. Some likes films that makes your brain exploded some just wanted to see lots of soppy romance. With this film, you could have the explosions, the destroying of buildings and famous hallmarks, and yet you would focus on the drama and the psychology of human beings. This film is a bit dark and depressing, but it is quite easy to follow although it is not a pure action. So, you decide if you would like to watch it or not…


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