Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Poster for 'Chronicle'

Not bad. Consistent with the first one:

Plot has a nice hook -- some guys find something weird and all blue-glowy in a cave and, later, gain super powers, or more correctly, the ability to make things they imagine really happen.

Could be good, but something about the trailer doesn't play right. It's one of those plots that tends to come unraveled and lurch along about halfway through Act II, then you get all squirmy going into Act III.

Directed by Josh Trank who seems to have a genuine indie vision. Written by Max Landis who, yes, is John's son. Max is a total newbie so it's hard to get a feel for his writing. However, he does have a flick in pre-production, 'Good Time Gang', which will star Jonah Hill and Mark Wahlberg. Here's the logline:

Two party-happy mercenaries decide to take on a serious case involving a terrorist, only to find their mission complicated when they discover one of them is related to the target

Good title, plot has potential -- both to be a wacky yet compelling comedy, or a by-the-numbers exercise. According to IMDb, no director attached yet.

'Chronicle' seems like a rental. I'd be glad to be wrong about that. We could use a story like this to find an audience. Exactly the kind of flick that does better than expected at the theater or finds a cult following on disc/stream, or fades away unnoticed.

So far, the rollout doesn't have a lot of forward momentum but posters are good. While the trailer doesn't really hit the bull's eye it's edited well, and camera work is good. Story is cool but kinda cheesy and hard to sell. Just the kind of indeterminate campaign you'd expect -- could break either way.


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