MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 78 this week

Chronicle (2012)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 157,296 users   Metascore: 69/100
Reviews: 442 user | 398 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 12 Nov 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 17 Mar 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chronicle (2012)

Chronicle (2012) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chronicle.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds
The Descent (2005)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Warm Bodies (2013)
Comedy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Carrie (2013)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige
Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Stars: Francisco Barreiro, Adrián Aguirre, Miriam Balderas
Calvaire (2004)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods.

Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Stars: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »

Director: Gustavo Hernández
Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer
The Battery (2012)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead.

Director: Jeremy Gardner
Stars: Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Bolle
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Bo Petersen ...
...
Rudi Malcolm ...
Wayne
Luke Tyler ...
Sean
Crystal-Donna Roberts ...
Samantha (as Crystal Donna Roberts)
Adrian Collins ...
Costly
...
Howard
Armand Aucamp ...
Austin
Nicole Bailey ...
Cala
Lynita Crofford ...
Casey's Mom
Edit

Storyline

The shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer is bullied and has no friends at high-school and lives with his abusive and alcoholic father Richard Detmer and his terminally ill mother Karen. Andrew buys a camera to film his everyday life. His cousin Matt Garetty drives him to school and invites Andrew to go to a party at night. They meet their schoolmate Steve Montgomery in the party and they overhear a noise and find a hole in a field. They decide to explore the underground and they acquire powers. Soon the trio learns how to control their telekinetic abilities and Andrew becomes the most powerful. But he easily loses his temper and becomes dangerous while Matt tries to control him. When his mother needs a medicine and Andrew does not have enough money to buy it, his darker side overcomes and he becomes a menace. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Not all heroes are super. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chronicle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,004,098 (USA) (3 February 2012)

Gross:

$64,572,496 (USA) (1 June 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song This Bright Flash, by M83 that plays during the end credits features only one line of lyrics: "I killed all the rainbows and the species." See more »

Goofs

When the boys are playing with Lego in Matt's room, Matt clicks his iPod to play music, but he obviously does not click the play button even though the music begins to play. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Andrew Detmer: [as Richard tries to enter his room] What do you want?
Richard Detmer: Why is this door locked, Andrew?
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the second half of the closing credits, sound effects can be heard in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man of Steel (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Intoxicate
Written by Sarah Haskin and Dylan Haskin
Performed by and Courtesy of Firefly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A great new entry into superpower mythos films
3 February 2012 | by (Culver City, California) – See all my reviews

Chronicle is one of those films that kind of snuck up on everyone and may very well have slid under the radar if not for a somewhat dead weekend in February and good word of mouth. And it's rightfully earned. After last weeks fantastic The Grey, the new year continues to produce good film with one of the most interesting takes on the comic book film in a long time.

Now, you might be tempted to blow this off as another low budget, shaky cam movie ala Paranormal Activity, but you'd be wrong. Firstly, this is a film that establishes it's lead "camera men" as experienced with a camera, so shaky cam is mostly gone from the film. We also have some other rather interesting excuses for better than average faux-doc filming, namely the main character's ability to levitate his camera around to get multiple angles. Suffice to say, the camera work is mostly good and legitimized so it never feels like it's too good. So, if you fear that this is just another poorly made hand-held excursion, fear not. This is a very well made hand-held excursion.

The story itself is nothing terribly new or original. A group of teens inexplicably get super powers from some weird, glowy crystals and that's about it. But where most stories about super powered people might find them fighting evil or exploring human nature, Chronicle takes it's time to show a more realistic approach. Our characters play pranks, gain popularity, and try to just have fun. Also realistic are how the powers come out in other forms, manifesting the inner turmoil of one troubled teen who becomes too powerful for his own good. Although the story may not be wholly original, the script is pretty good and the films take on both the hand-held film sub genre and the super powered sub genre is good. This is a more grounded look at what might happen should we find ourselves with power we can't understand. We don't get noble causes or some epic quest to save the world, we simply get teens who are being teens, albeit with telekinetic abilities. I read this film compared to Carrie, and it's somewhat accurate, only this is Carrie x5.

It helps that the leads do a great job in their respective roles. They seem naturals as the teens, and DeHann in particular is great as the troubled Andrew. We can see what's to come, but when his turn finally comes, most noticeably in a scene involving a spider, it's a frightening wake up call to the true nature of the forces at work here. There is some reality in this film, and it's frightening to think what some might do with that kind of power if given it. Even with that last bit of darkness at the end of the film, it's fun, and shown in a very intimate way. Being so up close and personal with the action is exhilarating and there are moments when the film even feels like a ride for a time. There are several good scenes displaying the use of the teens power, but the final 15 minutes are some of the most exciting, super powered moments of any film of it's kind. The fact that it feels more realistic than, say, something like Iron Man makes it feel that much more exciting. It's like watching a high school fight, but pushed to the 10th degree.

Suffice to say, Chronicle was a pleasant surprise. It's the kind of film you hope to walk into. As a fan of comic book films, it was especially pleasing as it really shakes the genre and tries, successfully I might add, to do something very different. It could have been a complete disaster with typical hand-held filming and a typical story. But the smart and creative take on the genre makes this another in the great beginning of 2012.


115 of 175 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Robbing a gas station? osubuckeye420
There were no superpowers...Andrew made it up harmenkoopman
I was AMAZED at how much I disliked it...am I alone? DietSoda78
Andrew Detmer: The Ultimate Sympathetic Villain dlumyoung
A whole hour of dicking around, 20 minutes of *things happening*... dahaka-535-16877
In your opinion softballstarmb13
Discuss Chronicle (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?