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Chronicle (2012)

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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.

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Josh Trank

Writers:

Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane DeHaan ... Andrew Detmer
Alex Russell ... Matt Garetty
Michael B. Jordan ... Steve Montgomery
Michael Kelly ... Richard Detmer
Ashley Hinshaw ... Casey Letter
Bo Petersen Bo Petersen ... Karen Detmer
Anna Wood ... Monica
Rudi Malcolm Rudi Malcolm ... Wayne
Luke Tyler Luke Tyler ... Sean
Crystal-Donna Roberts Crystal-Donna Roberts ... Samantha (as Crystal Donna Roberts)
Adrian Collins Adrian Collins ... Costly
Grant Powell ... Howard
Armand Aucamp Armand Aucamp ... Austin
Nicole Bailey Nicole Bailey ... Cala
Lynita Crofford ... Casey's Mom
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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. 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 overwhelms him and he becomes a menace. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's all fun and games until everybody gets hurt 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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kronika See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,004,098, 5 February 2012

Gross USA:

$64,575,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,636,097
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original story would have the trio becoming psychopaths because of their powers, but it was soon changed, as it was too dark and also would not really make sense to the plot. See more »

Goofs

When Matt is driving towards the hospital bombing at the end, a fire truck is seen, which looks nothing like Seattle Fire Department trucks nor American fire trucks. 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?
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Crazy Credits

In the Director's Cut, after all the credits have ended, even after the traditional copyright disclaimer, is the credit: "Waitress ... Vanessa Lee". See more »

Alternate Versions

The 12A UK cinema release contained cuts to the scene where Andrew pulls the bully's teeth out and the climatic impaling of Andrew. The 15-rated DVD and Blu-ray releases are uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Way (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

American Mourning
Written by Aaron Aujla and Jonathan Penn
Performed by Bikini
Courtesy of The India Trading Company
Under exclusive license to Equator Music
By arrangement with Lip Sync Music, Inc.
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Superpowers without superheroes
23 January 2017 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

I'm normally not a big fan of the handycam filming technique. In the beginning it was all new and okay but personally I think they should stop that technique. It doesn't do movies any good. Not that Chronicle is a bad movie though. It's definitely something else then the usual superhero movies that we see so much lately. Here three kids get telekinetic super powers after discovering a strange thing underground. What starts as a bit of fun quickly escalates in catastrophes. The story is easy to follow. It's different then the usual action heroes that use their powers to fight evil. The actors are all quite young and are not bad. Thinking about what they do with their powers makes me realize that I would probably try the same things. But it's all fiction. So all in all it's an entertaining movie to watch.


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