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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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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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Josh Trank revealed that Miles Teller auditioned for a role. Teller would be cast as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four (2015), which Trank also directed. See more »


In the parking lot scene when the car is moved by telekinesis, the rest of the cars in the parking lot clearly have the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle. The film was shot in South Africa, where this is common place. It takes place, however, in the United States (Seattle), where the steering wheel should be on the left side. 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 title doesn't appear on screen until the end. See more »


References Carrie (1976) See more »


This Bright Flash
Written by Anthony Gonzalez and Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Performed by M83
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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User Reviews

A tremendous achievement in low-budget filmmaking.
3 February 2012 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The next in a long line of "found footage" flicks that have been flooding our cinemas over the last few years, Chronicle breaks free of the usual constraints within that sub genre to concoct a truly memorable sci-fi thriller. Retracing the steps of three teenage friends who are gifted with telekinesis after a chance encounter with something (intelligently, the movie never stipulates what exactly), the story focuses on the varying paths they take with their new found talent, but not until they have had some juvenile fun with it first. This is an amazingly accomplished debut feature for writer-director Josh Trank (who co-penned the script with Max "son of John" Landis); his technical veracity is utterly mind-blowing – especially when you consider the shoestring funds he had to work with – and his narrative pacing is impeccable. The icing on the already yummy cake is the marvellous CGI that allows our protagonists to fly, crush cars and stop baseballs in mid air – all seamlessly and photo-realistically. Chronicle is a tremendous achievement in low-budget, big-concept filmmaking.

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