#7: Chronicle & #8: A History of Violence – 100 (New) Movie Challenge 2012

#7: Chronicle (2012): This is a film I have very mixed feelings for. On the one hand it has some of the worst CGI effects I’ve seen in quite a long time, but on the other hand it has some of the most quality, thrillingly awesome CGI effects I’ve seen in a long time. So what happened with this film? I have no idea – it’s a rollercoaster of a journey that does make you consider how you’d handle yourself if you were an adolescent American male suffering from parental abuse. It’s a sometimes funny, most of the time awkward film that leaves a lot of  questions being asked, almost as if they were determined to get a sequel commissioned immediately. Also, it’s entirely shot ‘handheld’ style by the main characters who, for some reason, always make sure their cameras are on for important moments. It’s kind of like how the TV crews in the US version of The Office are always in the right place at the right time. But less funny.

#8: A History of Violence (2005): I switched on this film 15 minutes in, but I hadn’t missed the bulk of the action (as far as I know) so I’m going to count it on my list. The movie is probably the oddest I’ve seen so far, although that’s not saying much as I’ve stuck pretty firmly in reality for my first 8 films of 2012. Without spoiling the film, I have to admit I found it frustratingly unpredictable and somewhat unnecessarily bloody. The blood effects are great and all, but they’re somewhat overused as well. Odd film.


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