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Member Name: bhayanid
Advantages: Good special effects, well acted
Disadvantages: Basic plot
This is a movie I watched simply as I found the plot quite intriguing if not quite basic at the same time. Basically it looked like a good film I could watch to past time, but not exactly something I would go out of my way to watch, but I actually found it to be quite decent.
This is a story about a group of friends who stumble upon something quite mysterious and gain amazing superpowers. How well they deal with this, after all they are no longer just regular school kids, they now have great power and with great power comes great responsibility...
Dane DeHaan - Andrew Detmer
Alex Russell - Matt Garetty
Michael B. Jordan - Steve Montgomery
I am generally not a fan of this Cloverfield style of film. By this I mean movies where it is predominantly shot through a hand held camera. I completely understand some people may call this 'art', but I guess you can save on the budget this way and it is something different. There are a few exceptions though, namely Blair Witch project and this movie Chronicle.
It works well with only three main characters as they are all quite different. It is quite clearly early on which of these characters will go to the dark side first, and Dane DeHaan plays it really well. The acting is all in the eyes and he reminds me a little of a young Rainn Wilson. Even Alex Russell reminds of a young James Franco from the Freaks and Geeks days, due to their similar image and acting playing a good guy.
Most of the film was quite predictable and it is not easy to predict what the fate of each character will be and even in what order the consequences of each character. They really go all out in the final twenty minutes and considering the budget I will mention below, it is very impressive. They are using all aspects of their power for maximum thrills. It was even more impressive than many scenes from the Xmen movies.
I must mention that the budget was only $15million. This is tiny, about most big budget Hollywood films spend this much on a scene. In fact it doesn't even have to be Hollywood, in Jackie Chan's next flick he has spent $10million just for one fight scene. As you can imagine there was not a lot of promotion, but there has been a lot of word of mouth, and it has made well over 100million worldwide, so a sequel has already been confirmed.
Overall I was very satisfied and went in to this with little expectations. In terms of the sequel I am not really sure if they will be able to get anywhere close to this standard and sometimes it is best to just leave a film alone. What I can say though is that Chronicle gets a thumbs up from me. It's not perfect, but considering its budget it deserves all the rave reviews it has received.
Summary: Add this to your watchlist.