This Week I Watched: Chronicle (#411)

Had some trouble finding time for movies last week, but I promise you that the next four titles mentioned in this segment are all great and worthy of re-watching. For now let me just say a few things about Chronicle (2012), a film I consider is the only film other than Cloverfield that manages to utilize its found footage gimmick creatively and artistically.

Chronicle is a blend of so many genres: sci-fi, suspense, drama, maybe even horror. You could also categorize it as a superhero flick, but not your usual kind. It overcomes the amateurish feel of found footage with brilliant directing by Josh Trank and Jay Alaimo. They put the icing on the cake by developing a solid premise and utilizing three brilliant young actors to actualize it, namely, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan. Each of them delivered splendid performances, but DeHaan exhibits a level of maturity with his acting that makes him so effective in his role here as Andrew. Meanwhile Jordan, like the famous basketball legend, is so charismatic here that it makes me very curious to see how he fares in Fruitvale Station. Other than that I don’t really have much else to say about the film other than the fact it’s very entertaining and well done.

GRADE: B+

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