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Chronos Reviews

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November 13, 2015
Great visuals, but wasn't it out of order?
½ February 22, 2014
Impressive, but a bit generic.
March 23, 2013
Good movie. Definitely a prelude to Baraka, but it's enjoyable.
March 22, 2013
Definitely more IMAX-y than Fricke's later work, which often makes it more bland, but also results it a few over-the-top visually intense scenes.
½ August 3, 2012
HD landscape porn in the same vein as Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka, with the heavy social and environmental themes mostly cut away. Featuring an emphasis on staggering time-lapse photography, plus an understated, excellently-timed ambient score, it's a great way to shut off your brain, kick back and let your entertainment center stretch its legs. The regular, ambitious shifts in locale took me around the world and back in less than an hour, lingering just long enough to trap the breath in my throat with one stunning panorama after another. A spectacular, timeless, moving photo book that makes for terrific light viewing.
May 29, 2012
Beautifully captivating for just over 40 minutes with stunning natural photography and unique camera/editing techniques. Loses a star for some head-scratching moments of how Ron Fricke decided to place certain sequences within the structure of his film (i.e., the first time we see NYC traffic flows is a jarring edit between scenes of natural beauty).
April 28, 2012
Just watched the Blu Ray transfer of this amazing 70mm film! Made in 1984, by famed cameraman Ron Fricke. Just mind blowing beauty on a HD television. Highly recommend! Can not believe this is nearly 30 years old!
½ December 7, 2011
Ron Fricke has been involved in a number of these visuals driven documentaries and they are all truly beautiful to look at and have a thought provoking effect on the viewer. Chronos suffers from having better forays into this field before and after it (in the guises of Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka) but it still makes for a diverting interesting experience. It is rather short (at a little over 40 minutes) but this means that the scenes remain fresh and there is less of a feeling of repetitiveness that some of the other movies can have. There is an interesting score, very different in style to Fricke's other movies, which adds to the imagery which here, seems mostly concerned with civilisation. One slight disappointment is the appearance of a number of scenes that make use of the same locations and cinema techniques as Koyaanisqatsi which feels unnecessary and slightly jarring to the flow of the narrative which otherwise has a unique flavour. I especially enjoyed the sequences filmed on and around Mont St. Michel and the hight speed boat trips around Paris and Venice. Although, in my opinion, not the best of Fricke's work, Chronos is different enough to make it interesting and, in common with his other films, is a real gem to look at.
½ September 17, 2011
I'm a fan of time-lapse movies and this one is top notch. Should give a minus for 80s hairdos and clothing, though :D
September 9, 2011
The gorgeous cinematography lends itself well to the time-lapse photography prevalent throughout, whether we observe clouds rolling through a canyon or pedestrians visiting a cathedral. Michael Stearns' music is intense at times while relaxed at others, allowing you to observe the visuals while getting a sense for the atmosphere of the location.
½ June 5, 2011
Must watch...amazing and innovative cinematography of Ron Fricke!!!!
½ February 12, 2011
Baraka wins. Flawless victory.
January 27, 2011
Great visually, but not as spellbinding as Baraka. Still well worth a watch though.
½ June 1, 2010
Sykähdyttävä ja taidokas elokuva.
½ April 17, 2010
A bittersweet story about a grandfather and his grand-daughter who come into contact with an ancient device that grants eternal life via vampirism. Original and gritty with comic book gore, we become intimately invested in the main characters as they discover what the device is and escape the people who want it. A beautiful baroque film that raised the bar for the vampire genre.
February 23, 2010
Best 45 minute film yet!
October 18, 2009
Perfect to get asleep, it should be the greatest seen on a geode screen...
August 31, 2009
Since the dawn of civilization until the present times, Ron Fricke show us in this documentary the steps of mankind through out the ages. Its a wonderful photography masterpiece, combined with an amazing soundtrack.
August 16, 2009
great music, and pictures. travel all over the earth, in a couple hours
August 2, 2009
A former OMNIMAX film that contains stunning time-lapse photography from around the world. I'm sure its best seen in 70mm on the big screen, but the HD-DVD is pretty darn good too.
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