The “found footage” film trend is one that outstayed it’s welcome two minutes into the end credits of The Blair Witch Project. Too many so-called filmmakers were just slapping amateurish shaky-cam footage on top of mediocre scripts in the hope that it’s “realism” factor would pull in the crowds, while it’s cheap production costs would guarantee them profit.
But a select few managed to truly make effective use of the genre tropes by offering an in-your-face voyeuristic intensity. Films like Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, Rec 1 & 2 and Quarantine.
And now Chronicle firmly takes its place in the upper echelons of that exclusive list.