Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
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. Nearby they find a tunnel and suddenly acquire 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
Chronicle (2012) was inspired by various comic books and superhero movies. After the film's release, cast members Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan went on to star in big-budget superhero films. DeHaan played Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Jordan went on to play Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2015) as well as a villain in The Black Panther See more »
Matt Garetty is at a birthday party in Casey's house when he suffers a nose bleed. Blood drips down his shirt, however the next time we see Matt the blood has vanished. See more »
A tremendous achievement in low-budget filmmaking.
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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