Friday, June 22, 2012

Movie Review - Chronicle

I picked up this unassuming movie tonight at the video store.  I wasn't sure what I was going to be getting.  What I got was an absolute image of human nature.  The movie is Chronicle.  IMDB Post

This movie follows the life of one high school senior Andrew Detmer as he decides to start filming his life.  This normally wouldn't be that horribly exciting except for one extraordinary event.  Andrew and his cousin Matt Garetty along with Matt's best friend Steve Montgomery stumble upon a cave in the woods.  What lies in the cave changes their lives forever.

This movie has a very Blair Witch like feel since it is shot almost entirely from the first person.  Andrew holds the camera for most of the shots, they make some concessions to this later in the film simply to continue telling the story.

The camera angles are amazing, the cinematography is simply remarkable.  The special effects are stellar, really top notch.  The effects do what they should do, allow you to suspend your disbelief.  After all if you are watching the special effects you are not really paying attention to the story line.

I'm trying really hard not to give away too much of the story line because it really should be experienced and not read about.  I would say that this movie was quite the sleeper actually.  It was not expected to do exceptionally well in theatres however it did quite well indeed.  I'm not talking spiderman well but better than expected.

If you like Sci-Fi movies that make you think, or even modern day fantasy movies, then I strongly recommend this one to you.

It certainly makes me think that this movie is not very far removed from what would happen in real life if the events unfolded the same way.  They did a great job with writing the characters, and building their back stories so you truly understand the motives for their actions.

I give this movie four out of five smiley Mike heads.

It was fun to watch, you wish it might have turned out differently, but human nature is a pain.

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