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The super-powered CHRONICLE made Capone feel like he could fly!!!

Published at: Feb. 3, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

High school can be tough enough for a skinny kid who sticks to himself and doesn't have a lot of friends. A kid like that will likely get picked on mercilessly, but he won't say anything to his family or school authorities because the idea of those two universes coming together if far worse than having some bullies knock your books out of your hands. As much as the fantastic new film from first-time director Joshua Trank (whose biggest credit to date was editing BIG FAN) and writer Max Landis (son of John) is about three kids who stumble upon a mysterious object in a cave that gives them extraordinary powers, CHRONICLE is really about Andrew Detmer (played by the gifted young actor Dane DeHaan), an outcast who is suddenly given the ability to defend himself and seek vengeance upon his tormentors.

I first noticed DeHaan when he appeared as the self-destructive gay high schooler on HBO's great series "In Treatment" and more recently on a couple episodes of the most recent season of "True Blood." He's set to appear later this year in John Hillcoat's WETTEST COUNTY opposite some pretty heavy-hitting actors like Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain. Through no fault of his own, DeHaan eerily resemble a young, THIS BOY'S LIFE-era Leonardo DiCaprio and seems to have the passion to match. In Chronicle, the world is piling on trouble after trouble. In addition to the bullying, Andrew's father (Michael Kelly) is a violent alcoholic and his mother (Bo Petersen) is dying painfully of cancer. The family is broke, so they can't even afford painkillers to ease his mother's suffering, giving Andrew an infinite number of reasons to get angry.

During a part that the three leads—including Michael B. Jordan ("Friday Night Lights") as Steve, one of the most popular kids in school, and Andrew's cousin Matt (Alex Russell)—find a hole in the ground in a field and decide to go down. I'm not spoiling anything by saying that they find something glowing and creepy that seems to be emitting energy that even disturbs the picture quality of the camera Andrew is also carrying with him. (Yes, the film begins as a found-footage exercise, but as the action ramps up, the filmmakers switch over to cell phone and security cameras to capture the impossible-to-believe images.)

There's a slight, unexplained jump in time after the glowing-rock episode, and now the boys realize that they have the ability to move small objects with their minds, often causing nose bleeds, but not always. And the more they practice using their gifts, the stronger they get and the heavier the objects they can lift get. One of the first things Andrew learns to lift is his camera, so now rather than have all of the footage be handheld, he's actually able to get some pretty cool elevated, drifting angles, which at the very least, keeps this from being a shaky-cam nightmare (a la CLOVERFIELD). At first the boys use their ability to move things to play pranks on other people, and those scenes are pretty great. But when Andrew causes an aggressive driver to veer off the road, nearly killing the man, we get our first sense of what he's capable of. And then they teach themselves to fly, and we forget the bad stuff for a while.

I can't think of a film in recent memory that so perfectly captured what it would be like to fly under your own power; their genuine glee at flying in and out of the clouds is infectious. Jordan is a charismatic actor who exudes charm and personality, exactly the kind of all-around likable guy that would run for and win class president. And while he loves his powers, he doesn't see the bigger ramifications about having them. Russell's character is the vocal morality of the group; he wants to establish rules about when and how the powers can be used (Rule 1: don't use it on living objects). He also feels overwhelmingly guilty at times for not being there for his cousin during the hard times in his life, and he's using this opportunity to bring them closer together. These are nicely drawn characters, all of whom we grow to care about, which makes the final third of the film so magnificently devastating.

The final act of CHRONICLE is one long action sequence shot in an unusual way that makes it feel like we're seeing these events in the real world (the film is set in Seattle), and it's the first chance we get to witness just how strong the kids have gotten and how skilled they've become at using their abilities in tandem. I especially like the all three leads are given the same power, but it's the weakest of the three that practices the most and has enough emotional instability to do things the other two would consider forbidden.

And with a running time that barely cracks 80 minutes, director Trank keeps things moving at an appropriate pace without forgetting that slowing things down to take a breath is necessary for an audience to contemplate what new developments have occurred, and more importantly to consider how we would act in the same situation. CHRONICLE is one big mass of entertainment that tells the "young people with powers" story in such a different way that it ups the genre significantly and unforgettably. This should be your priority for the weekend.

-- Steve Prokopy
"Capone"
capone@aintitcool.com
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  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    This will be so much better than people are expecting.

    by gotilk

    Dying to see it. It has some great young talent in it.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I thought this was going to suck, but I'm glad it looks like it doesn't!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Always nice to see good genre flicks out there. And I swear, any time I lucid dream, I try to pull off the exact same powers they do!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Thought This Was Going to Be Some Bullshit Teeny-Bopper Movie

    by ClaireRedfield

    My fault for being so goddamn presumptuous. Looking forward to seeing it now. Be nice to see a genre film with young people in it that doesn't insult ones intelligence.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    CARRIE AKIRA

    by justmyluck

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    I expect it to be great

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    the trailer is the bomb son

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Saw it yesterday...and I want to have more power!

    by Raymond Ramone

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Warning: Do not watch this alone!

    by Raymond Ramone

    If you are the type of person like Andrew(the main character in the film) and watch this one alone. You will be out there seeking revenge to everybody who's been bad to you.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield was appraised on aintitcool as well...

    by mutombo

    ... and boy did that suck.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Sounds like...

    by paint163

    Every superhero movie that has ever been made..just on a handheld camera.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Landis, not Landin.

    by Lenny Nero

    I will never, ever be able to rid myself of my copy editor past. Otherwise, this review adds to my list of reasons why I need to catch this movie sooner rather than later.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Aww, did you have to bash Cloverfield? Me likey dat moobie!

    by 3D-Man

    Great review though, as always.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    what a fucking missed shot

    by MJDeViant

    This movie was horrid. It was so fucking annoying hearing about the camera or having the scene justify how a camera was there...totally fucking useless movie. Almost every scene starts with some dumb explanation why the camera is there. Even 10 minutes into the movie you will ask yourself why someone would record themselves crying ...terrible flick. I'm sorry anyone thinks it is good...its rubbish

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    I havent seen it, but a million dollars says the black guy dies!

    by TheManWhoCan

    Going to read a spoiler now to see if im right.<P> see you in a bit!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I will believe angsty teenagers can fly.

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    But I will never be able to swallow that a clean narrative will be captured by happenstance.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Im BAACCKKKKK!

    by TheManWhoCan

    remember Darwin from X-Men First Class? Racist Hollywood , you never change.

  • Isn't flying around like Tetsuo enough for them to say, *Hmmm, maybe we should fly around for news cameras instead, and cash in on this while it lasts*?

  • I think I'll wait for video, though.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    "gifted young actor".

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Can we retire the phrase? A couple of tv shows or movies doesn't make one gifted.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    skinny kid who sticks to himself with a few friends

    by Bouncy X

    just had comment on that line because i was that kid in highschool. and unless i was just lucky, that was the reason i never got picked on or bullied in my life. you're nothing, nobody knows you exist or they dont think you're worth bothering. everyone i saw getting picked on were usually "better off" than me and its also because they made themselves known in one way or another. granted these days, it sounds like bullies are much worse and anyone is a potential victim and they of course do much worse things than in my day but yeah. back then it was easy to avoid, dont make yourself target and they dont care. aaaaanyway, i was shocked to see this movie get 4 stars in our local paper. critics rarely like these sorta movies and that one critic is the typical one who likes the crap they all fawn over so if it could get her attention, thats a good sign. not sure if i'll see it in theaters but it definately looks good, glad the commercials are sticking to the same footage so no "it showed everything in the trailer" issues hopefully.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Found footage equals

    by GaiustheBrave

    Seizures and vomit...and not just because of the shaking camera. Every time I feel like I might have eaten too much, I put on Cloverfield or Bourne Supremacy. (Not found footage, obviously, but emough to make my nightly how-fast-can-i-down- this-six-pack contest completely unnecessary.) Hopefully, Capone is right, and there will be no flashbacks of Blair Witch or Cloverfield when I go see this after a hearty meal.

  • I thought AICN was still sucking Cloverfields cock. That was one shitty movie...

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    hollywoodhellraiser

    by gotilk

    Nope. There's your answer.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I loved Cloverfield

    by FluffyUnbound

    It had zero replay value, but the first night I saw Cloverfield in the theatre it blew me away. I will defend that theatre experience forever. I never understand people who say they hated it. If the camera made you nauseous, that I understand. But just not liking the movie on plain old movie terms I don't understand.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Yet another movie where the black guy dies first.

    by ragermac

    I am so sick of racist hollywood.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see it...but won't because of shaky-cam.

    by riskebiz

    Like Blair Witch and Cloverfield...I don't want to leave a movie theater feeling nauseous. Cloverfield would have been one of my favorite movies ever if I could even look at the screen. I feel this movie would have been one of my favorites it wasn't shaky-cam. Why is it that all "found footage" needs to be filmed like the person is walking on a boat while having a seizure? If it must be "found footage", then stabilize the footage because throwing up takes away from the enjoyment of the film.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Black guys haven't died first in movies in a long time

    by Mugato5150

    Ever since it became such a cliche, the black guy usually lives now.

  • but that one was really good.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Madonna does backdoor

    by Keith Small

    Well-known fact.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    It barely cracks 80 minutes?!

    by D.Vader

    That barely qualifies for a feature! Shouldnt it be at least 90?

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield was appraised on AICN as well...

    by D.Vader

    And boy was it awesome!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Uh mugato5150, where have you been living?

    by ragermac

    The black guy dies first has and continues to be the go to movie trope. See Darwin on X-Men First Class as a recent example and now dead black guy on Chronicle. This is will continue to happen because Hollywood only sees dollar signs and black people are not important to them but are needed to fill the pimp, hooker, plucky best friend (who dies) or the stern police sergeant who has an attitude, oh and don't forget the magic negro who solves white people problems. It is just getting so damn old, which is why I refuse to watch this film.

  • DO YOU WANT ME TO TELL THE TALKBACKERS YOUR TROLL NAME, AND THE RACIST SHIT YOU SPOUTED AGAINST MEXICANS?!? SO A COLORED MAN DIES ON FILM, SHUT UP AND SIT BACK DOWN YOU CUNT!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Sluts have it even worse than black guys.

    by cookylamoo

    I've only seen one horror movie (Hack) where the slut makes it through to the end.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlivez

    by ragermac

    what are you talking about you stupid little fool. only idiots type in all caps.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlivez You stupid ass

    by ragermac

    This is the same name I have had since I have been here. So take your stupid ass FACT and shove it.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    @ragermac: AGAIN NO DENYING IT - PATHETIC!

    by Creepythinmanlivez

  • The only one spewing racist crap is you. I have no problem with anyone, just tired of the same old racist hollywood. And people like you.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    FACT

    by ragermac

    You are an ass creepyidiot.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Black guy doesn't always die first anymore guys.

    by ClaireRedfield

    They killed Blackie! NNOOOOO!

  • ragermac IS DANNY_GLOVERS_DICKBLOOD!!! FACT!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    lol, what? you idiot. What in the hell are you talking about.

    by ragermac

    You really are a stupid little sad man. If it is a FACT, use your nerd powers to "expose" me. Stupid.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    DGDB didn't write racist stuff CTM

    by D.Vader

    I don't recall that ever happening. But he surely wasn't banned for it. He just quit the place.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Fucking thing edited my post. Thats weird...

    by ClaireRedfield

    What I SAID was, the black guy doesn't always die first, but he still is probably dead meat. It's not just disappointing from a racial standpoint, but also simply boring in its predictability. Also, I properly attributed "They killed Blackie!" to comic genius Jhonen Vasquez.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Black guy always dies first thing.

    by phifty2

    No. It doesn't exist. Take a look at films with a mixed race cast and then tell me the black guy always dies first. Just look at the Alien films. All of them had black actors die, but never first. How about Predator? Or the thousands of other films where this doesn't happen. You only notice it (and why you're noticing the race of the characters and the order they die in is beyond me) when a black character actually does die first. Should there be a stipulation that if a film has a black character he/she can not die first? It's a stupid film trope that doesn't exist.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    exactly claireredfield

    by ragermac

    It really is disappointing and predictable.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, noon CST

    WRONG claireredfield

    by Creepythinmanlivez

    NOT FACT!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    In Night of the Living Dead black guy makes it to the end.....

    by cookylamoo

    Almost!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Perfect for the pitful,put upon,impotent,douchbag generation

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    I have super powers!!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Now it's "black guy dies...period"

    by Terrence

    They don't even survive the fucking movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Everything is all and well but...80 Mins?

    by pieman0226

    I am (was) excited for this film, I really dig the "found-footage" themed films...but I don't trust a damn thing that is less than 90min. To me, if it's less than that, the production studio is trying to tack on as much dribble as they can to a single idea and try to sell it and it makes the 80min last soo damn long. But if it can't safely crack 90min, there is no concrete idea with an adequate middle leading to the finale. What makes me nervous, is that (in a previous article) the director mentioned a whole lot of one of the kids' backstory got chopped in the editing room, and apparently, he'll be back and strong in the director's cut. But if critical material that explains character is on the editing room floor...well, it just worries me. Someones got to pick up that character. Meanwhile, I'm going to netflix to check out Troll Hunter. That is the most useful info I'm getting from the Talkbacks. Chronicle will prolly not be seeing me this weekend. besides, its a lame-ass title. Hate to say, but I'm excited to see SW ep1 in 3d? Oh shit! did I just say that?!? Boom-Baby!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Black guy usually dies in middle...sometime after saying....

    by cookylamoo

    man, this is some fucked-up shit

  • growing up in Michigan you quickly learn the value of both. Sundays were always young Lousies favorite day, she loved church, and more she loved her Uncle Sergio. Louise's Uncle Sergio would do anything for his beloved niece, and always brought "Madonna" brand sacrament wafers for her to munch on during the lengthy services, which even at the age of 13 Louise loved. But even more she loved her uncle Sergio, and taking wild a rides through the dark Michigan countryside with him in his hot car, for Sergio had a pristine '67 Tempest. It was a special Sunday, a week before Halloween that Louise life changed, in that black beauties cavernous backseat after Church, with the taste of the body of Christ still fresh in her mouth and splayed amongst discarded Playboys and UAW pamphlets that she learned of the pleasures of Anal. Imagine her surprise upon moving to New York that the decadent fucking to be had there was a far cry from the pleasurable back allies, snow drifts and GM factory Parking lots she was used to. To Louise the sin of sex had always been amplified by the filth of the various line workers fresh from a shift, and her own deviant desires for some rough trade action right in their driveways while their wives slept just feet away. To Louise...the prancing effete club crawlers of New York just didn't satisfy, and they in turn scoffed when they discovered her tangled mid-west cunt jungle if and when they did bother too take an interest in her. That changed in 1980. It was late at night, broke, desperate for fame and hungry, the money for her random nude shots fettered away on strap-on sessions in SOHO, that Louise bumped into John Jellybean Benitez. It was a chance meeting on a street corner...but as his eyes met hers..the mutual love of anal augering was known instantly. John knew that a woman who exuded such a pure, unchained anality was destined for stardom...and Louise instinctively knew that here was a scrawny fuck just desperate enough too jump on the grenade; look past her dense unshaved pits and yak fur like twat thatch, and plow his short yet girthy ladle as far into her filthy gravy boat as he could. Louise was back at his apartment in 15 minutes. "Whats you name babydoll?", the future castoff asked as he picked up a tube of Vaseline from the nightstand. Louise fumbled in her pockets..taking the last of an old pack of Wafers out, they still smelled like Sergio's Tempest...she looked at the wrapper, as the memories caused her ass cheeks to clench hard..."uh...Madonna" she replied, crumbs spewing from her mouth. "And put that shit down..." she said referring to the lube, "...in Michigan we like the burn."

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Just watched it

    by rakesh patel

    Great movie, impressive sfx, really interesting spin on your average superhero movie. It's like the guys Carrie. Worth watching IMHO

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Does the Asian guy die too?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Oh, wait... there are rarely any Asian guys in movies. Silly me!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I love how by the end the villain looked like Mum-Ra

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    bouncy x

    by jsfithaca

    i agree. loners who are quiet just get left alone. in my school its the kids who think they are cool, but actually are really annoying who get bullied. the more you talk the more attention you will receive anyways i loved this movie. better than cloverfield (which i enjoyed). and capone you said micheal b jordan played steve, but if hes not wallace forever for you, i think you should watch the wire again (or for the first time if you haven't seen it cuz its the best show). and choppah i agree. WHERES WALLACE???

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    pieman0226 - this movie is absolutely worth seeing

    by antonphd

    the movie didn't need to be more than 80 minutes. there's a lot of fat that was trimmed by having this be a found footage movie. i walked out excited about what i had just watched (and a little sad).

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Wow really horrible...

    by Andrew Coleman

    With all the praise I was pretty pumped about this movie. The flying scenes were great. But the found footage shit was really pathetic. Graphics were really bad in places. Too short and obviously a script that at about page 50 they didn't know what to do. Big let down... Felt like a student film with a big budget.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    How come Andrew couldnt use his powers to heal his mother ?

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    Is it because he wasnt strong enough to use his telekinesis on a microscopic level ? I would assume that if he could dismember the spider the way he did, he could concentrate and destroy the infection that was ravaging his mother.

  • And also why go through the trouble of robbing bums and a gas station when . .. he could have just stood back at the pharmacy and "floated" the pill bottles off the shelf ???

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    shavedleatherpig

    by jsfithaca

    Andrew became crazy, and enjoyed using that type of violence. he wanted to heal his mother, but that was also an excuse to be violent, and also hes not very smart so i doubt he wouldve thought of that. he probably had the ability to do that but not the creativity or logic mentally

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Re-Shavedleatherpig...

    by AttackingClone

    The pharmacist said that Andrew (or his father) had to pay in advance and then the pills would be ordered for next day delivery. Good movie I thought. Makes me wanna have powers. Stupid reality

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    MILD SPOILERS: THOUGHT IT OK BUT DIDN'T LEAVE MUCH OF AN IMPRESSION

    by BADBOYBROM HC

    Thought it was alright. Think I'm totally done with all these found footage films now. Troll Hunter was alright but then it's being made by a Documentarion. This is just some whiney kid I did not give a fuck about and that's a problem for me, I didn't really like the Character and wanted him dead. I also hate how all these films have to get on with it so the main character has to go completely insane really quickly. I mean given that he has these powers, befriends the coolest kid in school and enjoys popularity at levels he's never come close to, why does he go on the kill crazy ramage he does? Cos he pukes on some bird whilst receiving a blowy, we've all done that and it's funny as fuck. In all fairness he's never had it so good! And why, given his power, does he not rob a bank or fly to the drug company and nick all the drugs his mum will ever need? That's all I came out of the Cinema thinking. I was also annoyed with how strict they were throughout the movie with the filming on the cameras but during the fight at the end just reverted back to a normally filmed action film. I haven't thought about this movie much at all since seeing it as The Grey which I saw the night before really blew me away and I've spent alot more time mulling over that classic instead.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Flying would be overkill in Seattle. Buses all day going everywhere,

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    and convenient pedestrian and bike trails, mild weather.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Black guys don't always die first...

    by Hipshot

    But in horror/sf films, it would be safest to bet... 1) They will not survive to the end 2) Will not get the girl 3) Will often die protecting a white woman 4) Assholes like Creepythinman, Sierratango or Asimovlives enjoy the sight of their death.

  • ending felt really rushed...ragermac you do have a valid point but no need to spoil the film, that was a genuine suprise considering how likable he was and his absence unbalanced the film since matt didnt have enough screen time / emotional investment. there was a sense all 3 of them were linked. each representing 1,the introverted intellectual, 2.the extroverted emotional and 3.the balanced spiritual....I wouldve loved just one scene where they all used their powers in harmony to save someone BEFORE Andrew breaks away from the group to turn to the dark side. As it stood, they all did cool looking stuff but none of them of them lived up to their potential which felt like the film didnt live up to its potential. I AM looking forward to a complete chronicle dvd featuring all the deleted scenes....maybe that was the plan all along?

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    creepythinmanlivez

    by Joe

    HEHEHE YOU CAUGHT ME YOU LITTLE SHIT! IT WAS ME ALL ALONG!!! HAHAHAH. YOU WILL NEVER STOP ME IN MY QUEST FOR WORLD DOMINATION! FU ALL MEXICANS AND I LAUGHED WHEN THE BLACK GUY DIED FIRST HAHAHA!

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Saw this tonight and loved it.

    by Sithtastic

    The characters and relationships were fantastic. The acting was solid and the kid playing Andrew definitely has a future. While I admit the found footage genre is becoming a bit stale it completely worked here and kept me engaged. Is it the most profound film I've seen? No, but in terms of action, it delivers.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Just saw it. Amazing.

    by ChickenStu

    Perfect way to start of my filmgoing year. Very impressed. Stunning stuff.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    More silly superhero kiddie garbage. Who cares?!!

    by IronEagle74

    Oh that's right, the idiots who keep going to see the PG-13 superhero kiddie garbage are the ones who enabling Hollywood to keep making this shit. They care, I guess. You assholes are the very reason why the action genre is dead. You're the reason that even "The Expendables" is now taking the kiddie route. FUCK ALL OF YOU.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Just saw it...SPOILER

    by Hipshot

    And it fell right into two of my favorite bullshit categories: 1) The movie's sole black male character dies. 2) He dies trying to protect a white character. What fascination white people have with this particular image is a disturbing question. Before you think I'm grasping at straws, I challenge you: Name a single American film. EVER. That had the sole white character die, while non-whites lived. I say there is no such film, because filmmakers know how much of a turn-off that would be. Never. But I've lost count of the number of times white guys have killed the only black male character (often the only black character at all) out of a large cast. Something very sick at work here, some obsessive fear operating on an unconscious level. Just really pitiful.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I am the apex predator

    by Mark

    For me that was one of the best lines in the movie. I like how it captured the full range of moments for them.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    hipshot: No Way Out w/Sidney Poitier

    by Mark

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    hipshot: Blade

    by Mark

    He basically realizes he cant save Whistler, hands him a gun to commit suicide and then leaves.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    hipshot

    by Immortal_Fish

    Racist.

  • Feb. 11, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Anaconda

    by Immortal_Fish

    Was Eric Stoltz ever Oscar nominated? If not, then he should have been. If he wasn't, he was still a MUCH more accomplished actor than Lopez or "Cube" who were elevated above his status in this film. Oh, and the very WHITE Voight was the villain. He's also the only conservative in this production. I'm sure it's only coincidence. Let me guess. Even though you asked for ONE example, this one still doesn't count for some reason. You sound like Al Charlatan who once asked Howard "the Doc" Dean why no one in his cabinet while Governor was black. First, how many blacks reside in VT? Second, why did the "race warrior" Al Charlatan only ask why there were no blacks in Dean's cabinet and not other races?