Chronicle


Chronicle

Overview:

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

Votes 1911 (6.6/10)

Runtime: 84 minutes

Release Date 2012-02-01

Budget: $15,000,000.00

Revenue: $145,000,000.00

Tagline: What are you capable of?

Production company:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Dune Entertainment
  • Davis Entertainment
  • Adam Schroeder Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Science Fiction
  • Drama
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Andrew Detmer
Dane DeHaan
Dane DeHaan
Matt Garetty
Alex Russell
Alex Russell
Steve Montgomery
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
Richard Detmer
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
Monica
Anna Wood
Anna Wood
Casey Letter
Ashley Hinshaw
Ashley Hinshaw
Michael Ernesto
Joe Vaz
Joe Vaz
Sean
Luke Tyler
Luke Tyler
Samantha
Crystal-Donna Roberts
Crystal-Donna Roberts
Director
Josh Trank
Josh Trank
Screenplay
Max Landis
Max Landis
Producer
John Davis
John Davis
Screenplay
Josh Trank
Josh Trank
Story
Max Landis
Max Landis
Producer
Adam Schroeder
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
James Dodson
James Dodson
Director of Photography
Matthew Jensen
Matthew Jensen
Editor
Elliot Greenberg
Elliot Greenberg
Casting
Ronna Kress
Ronna Kress
Production Design
Stephen Altman
Stephen Altman
Set Decoration
Fred Du Preez
Fred Du Preez
Visual Effects Supervisor
Sean Findley
Sean Findley
Visual Effects Supervisor
Robert Habros
Robert Habros
Visual Effects Supervisor
Simon Hansen
Simon Hansen
Visual Effects Supervisor
Andrew Karr
Andrew Karr
Visual Effects
Sergey Muraviev
Sergey Muraviev
Costume Design
Diana Cilliers
Diana Cilliers
Art Direction
Patrick O'Connor
Patrick O'Connor
Hairstylist
Simone Stubbs
Simone Stubbs
Hairstylist
Francesca Van Der Feyst
Francesca Van Der Feyst
Makeup Department Head
Megan Tanner
Megan Tanner
Production Manager
Marisa Soneman
Marisa Soneman
Production Manager
Drew Locke
Drew Locke
Art Department Coordinator
Andrew Sheel
Andrew Sheel
Assistant Art Director
Cecelia van Straaten
Cecelia van Straaten
Greensman
Clint Gordon
Clint Gordon
Property Master
Willow Howell
Willow Howell
Leadman
Michael Rossouw
Michael Rossouw
Set Designer
Vivienne Gray
Vivienne Gray
Sound Effects Editor
Kerry Ann Carmean
Kerry Ann Carmean
Sound Designer
Karen Vassar Triest
Karen Vassar Triest
Sound Designer
Tim Walston
Tim Walston
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Joe Barnett
Joe Barnett
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Tony Lamberti
Tony Lamberti
Foley
James Moriana
James Moriana
Foley
Jeffrey Wilhoit
Jeffrey Wilhoit
Visual Effects Editor
Simon Assekritov
Simon Assekritov
Visual Effects Editor
John Berri
John Berri
Visual Effects Producer
Aleksandr Gorokhov
Aleksandr Gorokhov
Visual Effects Producer
Sergei Gritsenko
Sergei Gritsenko
Visual Effects Art Director
Chris Grun
Chris Grun
Visual Effects Producer
Victoria Plis
Victoria Plis
Visual Effects Producer
David Van Dyke
David Van Dyke
Visual Effects Producer
Balakrishnan
Balakrishnan
Visual Effects Supervisor
Raymond Chen
Raymond Chen
Visual Effects Supervisor
Bryan Godwin
Bryan Godwin
Visual Effects Supervisor
Dennis Sedov
Dennis Sedov
Stunt Coordinator
Kerry Gregg
Kerry Gregg
Second Unit Cinematographer
Grant Appleton
Grant Appleton
Camera Operator
Peter Belcher
Peter Belcher
Camera Operator
Dale Rodkin
Dale Rodkin
Still Photographer
Alan Markfield
Alan Markfield
Gaffer
J.S. Mackay
J.S. Mackay
Rigging Gaffer
Tell Reid
Tell Reid
Digital Intermediate
Paul Lavoie
Paul Lavoie
First Assistant Editor
Matt Tassone
Matt Tassone
First Assistant Editor
Tessa Verfuss
Tessa Verfuss
Music Editor
Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
Transportation Coordinator
David Halliday
David Halliday
Picture Car Coordinator
Iain McGreer
Iain McGreer
Publicist
Dezi Rorich
Dezi Rorich
Location Manager
Danny McWilliams
Danny McWilliams
Script Supervisor
Lorna Bennet
Lorna Bennet
Location Manager
Robert Bentley
Robert Bentley
Visual Effects Editor
Darren Griffiths
Darren Griffiths
Animation
Andrew Malesky
Andrew Malesky
Visual Effects Producer
Julie D'Antoni
Julie D'Antoni
Supervising Sound Editor
Kelly Oxford
Kelly Oxford
Hair Department Head
Megan Tanner
Megan Tanner
Supervising Art Director
Johnny Breedt
Johnny Breedt

LastCaress1972

Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document... I dunno, the misery of his life I suppose. Anyway, once at the party Matt, mildly embarrassed by his cousin following him around with a camera, peels off away from Andrew to hang with some of the cooler kids, including the impossibly popular but genuinely decent Steve (Michael B. Jordan, The Wire, Friday Night Lights). The camera causes further problems for Andrew and he's unceremoniously ejected from the party. He's found outside by the aforementioned Steve, and invited to come with him and Matt to check out a weird hole in the ground in the woods nearby (elements of the party had spilled outside into the darkness, as these things do from time to time). Andrew, Matt and Steve venture down this hole, which turns out to be more of a tunnel, leading to... what is that? A space rock of some sort? Something mineral, and glowing, and a bit scary. Upon exiting the hole, the trio find that they possess mild levels of telekinesis, the ability to move objects with their minds. They also find that with practice, they can strengthen that ability. They soon graduate from levitating Lego bricks to flying through the air. Andrew proves to be particularly adept with this new "talent", and that proves to be problematic, because where Matt and Steve are content to limit their telekinetic use to mild pranks and perhaps flying somewhere interesting on holiday, Andrew's home life, general isolation and subsequent mood swings as a result of each cause him to want to embrace his power - and for him, it's grown into a potentially deadly power, now - in altogether different ways indeed. With Chronicle, writer Max Landis (son of John "An American Werewolf in London" Landis) and director Josh Trank have taken some fairly tired areas (cinéma vérité, superhero origin tales) and made something decent and fresh with them, for comparatively little money (budget was $12m apparently, looks like five times that). It's not a perfect film - the first-person narrative's need to justify its camera angles leads to one or two bum notes despite the fairly ingenious device of having Andrew telekinetically "float" the camera around behind him; some of Andrew's worst rages during the second act - including one with devastating consequences - seem badly disproportionate to the infraction, disconnecting us from the character (though perhaps that's the idea); and the abusive father (Michael Kelly, Dawn of the Dead, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) seems unrealistically so. But these are things I thought about after having seen the movie. The movie's tone and pace, and the performances of the three newly-empowered young men particularly, carry the movie very well right to the brisk 78th minute end (minus the credits). Recommended.

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