THE PLOT THUS FAR
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Is it found footage? We follow around a group of friends that are about to stumble into the adult world. They use a consumer grade camera to document their changing lives, as they stand on the cusp of danger. If they flew, it would be “Chronicle”. Jamil Walker Smith directs, writers and acts in this look at two friends trying to have one last fling before shipping out.
While we’ve had tales of young men having one last grand hurrah before war before, this feels timely. The themes of patriotism aren’t forced, as this movie isn’t about how brave or macho you are. The film is about just trying to solidify the bonds that will keep you sane half a world away. I don’t quite get why they changed the film’s title, but it suits the almost July 4th release date. Just don’t walk into this flick expecting some Fox News claptrap.
The DVD comes with no special features. However, the A/V Quality rises up to meet demand. The Dolby Surround track works for what it is, but the transfer is slightly under par. It’s aesthetically right for being shot by a couple of guys, but it could’ve been a little more cleaned up. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 07/03/2012