Dane DeHaan  Actor Alex Russell  Actor Michael B. Jordan  Actor Michael Kelly  Actor Ashley Hinshaw  Actor Bo Petersen  Actor Anna Wood  Actor Rudi Malcolm  Actor Luke Tyler  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Violence,Profanity,Sexual Situations,Youth Substance Use

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Theatrical Release Date: 2012 02 03 (USA)

UPC: 024543767770

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Youth Substance Use]

Summary: A loner (Dane DeHaan) escapes his abusive home life and discovers a mysterious crater that gives him and two fellow high school students psychokinetic powers in this found-footage-style superhero film from director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis. DeHaan plays Andrew, a angsty teen whose mother is dying and whose father takes out his violent frustrations out on the boy. As a result, Andrew starts filming everything around him, including the dreadful night that he, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and the soon-to-be senior class president, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), wake up with superpowers after exploring a condemned piece of land housing an unexplained power source. The three bond over their newfound abilities, with Andrew clearly leading the pack in terms of control and strength. Despite their noble intentions, a darker streak appears in one of them as the other two try to take control over a situation that soon spirals into homicidal madness -- all of which is captured on camera. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Category: Fantasy

Features: Pre-Viz Materials
Camera Test



Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/15/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 84 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,French

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Chronicle
1. Scene 1 [3:35]
2. Scene 2 [3:32]
3. Scene 3 [4:12]
4. Scene 4 [2:58]
5. Scene 5 [4:53]
6. Scene 6 [3:28]
7. Scene 7 [1:28]
8. Scene 8 [1:25]
9. Scene 9 [3:44]
10. Scene 10 [4:48]
11. Scene 11 [1:49]
12. Scene 12 [2:49]
13. Scene 13 [2:33]
14. Scene 14 [3:51]
15. Scene 15 [4:21]
16. Scene 16 [3:00]
17. Scene 17 [1:09]
18. Scene 18 [2:45]
19. Scene 19 [3:26]
20. Scene 20 [2:59]
21. Scene 21 [2:30]
22. Scene 22 [3:28]
23. Scene 23 [6:34]

Jeremy Wheeler

Villains rarely get the lead-character treatment in Hollywood, and that alone makes Chronicle worthy viewing if one is craving a unique found-footage film. Imagine an X-Men movie in which the narrative follows the loner kid who gets superpowers, becomes popular, then spirals into madness once his crummy domestic life becomes too much. It's a fascinating -- and bold -- premise that screenwriter Max Landis and director Josh Trank have concocted for what is otherwise a straightforward Hollywood release.

Though Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan) at first seems insufferably emo (his initial bummed-out line readings are pretty terrible), this is one character arc that's a welcome change of pace compared to the cinematic superhero tropes audiences have come to expect. The picture opens as Detmer starts videotaping his life, which is filled with verbal and physical abuse from both his father and bullies at school, along with a tragic home life that revolves around his terminally ill mother. Things turn around one night when he and two fellow students are given telekinetic powers after discovering a mysterious crater outside a rave. Soon, the three develop their gifts and go through the highs and lows of this newfound responsibility, with Andrew becoming a darker force each day as his inhuman powers grow stronger.

On the technical end, the movie finds a number of satisfying ways to capture the action on camera -- which is quite the revelation when dealing with the found-footage artistic style. And while the picture may push the boundaries of this shooting aesthetic a bit too far in the end, forgiving viewers will be happy with the fantastic eye candy that's being delivered. Ironically enough, though the picture excels at breathing new life into the world of handheld fiction on the big screen, its stringent use of personal cameras could be considered a hindrance. While there are legitimate reasons why the main character would turn psychotic, there's never a clear reason as to why he is always filming himself -- even though the dialogue is filled with endless references to cameras, which in and of itself becomes bothersome. Still, Chronicle is quite an achievement, and it's a film that genre enthusiasts should not miss. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: John Davis  Producer 
James Dodson  Executive Producer 
Adam Schroeder  Producer 
Max Landis  Screenwriter 
Josh Trank  Director 
Dane DeHaan  Actor 
Alex Russell  Actor 
Michael B. Jordan  Actor 
Michael Kelly  Actor 
Ashley Hinshaw  Actor 
Bo Petersen  Actor 
Anna Wood  Actor 
Rudi Malcolm  Actor 
Luke Tyler  Actor 
Crystal Roberts  Actor 
Adrian Collins  Actor 
Grant Powell  Actor 
Armand Aucamp  Actor 
Nicole Bailey  Actor 
Lynita Crofford  Actor 
Royston Stoffels  Actor 
Patrick Walton  Actor 
Lance Elliott  Actor 
Nadine Suliaman  Actor 
Pierre Malherbe  Actor 
Joe Vaz  Actor 
Matthew Dylan Roberts  Actor 
Allen Irwin  Actor 
Chelsea Nortje  Actor 
Francois Coetzee  Actor 
Hendrik Kotze  Actor 
Matt Adle  Actor 
Robert Clotworthy  Actor 
Daisy Tormé  Actor 
Chrystee Pharris  Actor 
Daniel Booko  Actor 
Byron Thames  Actor 
Matt Nolan  Actor 
Charles Campbell  Actor 
Popeye V.  Actor 
Steve Kramer  Actor 
Ashley Peldon  Actor 
Paul Pape  Actor 
Jeff Fischer  Actor 

Country: USA