First Trailer for Superhero Found-Footage Film CHRONICLE

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The first trailer for the found-footage superhero pic Chronicle has gone online. The film follows three teenagers who develop superpowers after being exposed to a mysterious substance. The film is shot documentary style, and follows the boys as they mess around with their newfound abilities. However, things go awry when one of the teenagers take things too far. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the found-footage genre in the first place, so I’m not entirely sold on the project. It has a cool concept, but looks like it could flounder much the same as Cloverfield did when it got into the actual story. Furthermore, it looks like the kids are filming with an ARRI Alexa which is an extremely expensive camera to give to teenagers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Josh Trank (Big Fan) the film stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell. Chronicle opens February 3rd, 2012.

Here’s the trailer (via MTV):




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  • Dave Trumbore

    I dig. Kinda goofy in the beginning but it looks like it’ll take a sinister turn when one of the kids goes dark side. Has kind of a cool Infamous vibe to it, too.

  • Al

    My biggest problem with found footage movies is there are so many moments in them where you’re like “NO ONE WOULD BE FILMING THIS RIGHT NOW!” like instead of running for their lives or having a private moment they just flip on the old camera instead and it’s hard to suspend your disbelief.

  • Griz

    The only “found footage” sci fi movie i’ve dug thus far is District 9 . . . . . and as cool as this looks, it seems to be more in cloverfield’s league than that masterpiece . . . . still, if the reviews are glowing, i’d be willing to give this a try.

    • Strong Enough

      District 9 wasnt found footage. it was shot documentary style u fool

      • Sugreev2001

        @ Griz

        Haha Do you even know what genre you’re watching half the time,dumbass ? “Found Footage” movies are like the Blair Witch Project,Cloverfield,Paranormal Activity etc.

  • Rev. Slappy

    Michael B Jordan is a really terrific young actor and his involvement in this makes me want to check it out.

  • Chachi

    If you go into a found footage film thinking the entire thing is going to be 100% realistic you’re fooling yourself. The only flicks that have come close to pulling it off have been Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. I love the format and if you turn yourself over to the film and just enjoy (provided it’s well done/acted) they can be super fun. I thought Cloverfield was great. Just a fun movie. This looks like it could be good as well.

  • batmanrules

    This looks pretty good Im defenately going to be checking it out.

  • Joshua

    Awesome !

  • Scotty

    oooooooo im goin to see it!

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  • AlexHeyNa

    I think the found-footage “genre” is played out. It’s used well with horrors like Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch Project, but it’s being overused.

    THAT BEING SAID, this movie does look intriguing. The concept is not something we’ve seen before, and it’s utilizing the found-footage in a fresh way. So consider my butt in the seat.

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  • Thomas

    Sold! Very fresh approach to superhero genre!

  • Thomas

    Sold! Very fresh approach to superhero genre!

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  • JohnPA2006

    I cant believe nobody noticed the Akira ‘esque vibe coming from this movie. I for one am stoked to see this movie.

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