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Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 3 February 2012 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Letter (as Ashley Hinshaw)
Bo Petersen ...
Rudi Malcolm ...
Luke Tyler ...
Crystal-Donna Roberts ...
Samantha (as Crystal Donna Roberts)
Adrian Collins ...
Nicole Bailey ...
Lynita Crofford ...
Casey's Mom


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. 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

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Not all heroes are super. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poder sin límites  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$64,572,496 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chronicle (2012) was originally meant to be a hard R or NC-17 rated film, but there were fears that it would lose audiences. See more »


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 »


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

The closing credits are filled with static, like the end of a recording. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Stephen Masucci, Mollie Israel, Michael Williams
Performed by and Courtesy of The Lost Patrol
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User Reviews

Sometimes a Gimmick is All you Need
3 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like many of you, I gleamed at the trailer and poster with a heavy amount of skepticism. "Yet another superhero-esque film" I thought, this time brought to the screen with the increasingly hawkeyed hand-held style. Is this really necessary? Well no, its not, but its a lot of fun.

The plot you can decipher from the trailer; three teenagers, Andrew, Steve and Matt find a hole in the ground and uncover something that gives them the power to move things with their minds. Then they act as any normal teenager would if suddenly given superpowers, they goof off. Things however get murky when Andrew (Dane DeHaan) begins lashing out as his broken family life becomes too much for him to bare. Actors Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell complete the triptych as the local high school's popular kid and Andrew's too-cool-for-school cousin.

Capturing teenage angst on film has always seemed like a real struggle for Hollywood. Common knowledge dictates that if you faced the camera towards a group of well groomed twenty-somethings and relegated them to a particular clique it'll all work out. Yet "Chronicle's" script expands on that world without making it "the film". Steve is popular because he is genuinely a sociable guy not because he's some feckless ladder climber. On the flip-side of the coin, Andrew is withdrawn and anti-social because his mother is ill and his father is an alcoholic with a rage problem. These are very real issues that are glossed over or ignored in average teen movies.

But this isn't just a coming-of-age tale, its also a showcase for emerging talents, director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis. While some of the camera tricks and dialogue may seem contrived at times there's no denying their boundless creativity. Trank breathes new life into the 'Blair Witch' gimmick taking "footage" from a wide array of hand-held gadgetry to create a pretty convincing collage, or dare I say chronicle.

As the three climb into the hole to investigate one of them makes a reference to Plato's allegory of the cave. Perhaps a quote from 'Alice in Wonderland' would have been more apt. Like Alice all three are young, surprisingly accepting of the situation and about to enter a world where the natural laws of physics need not apply.


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