Chronicle 2012

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(145) IMDb 7.1/10
Available in HD

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Starring:
Michael B. Jordan, Dane Dehaan
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Chronicle

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Teen & Young Adult
Director Josh Trank
Starring Michael B. Jordan, Dane Dehaan
Supporting actors Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw, Anna Wood, Alex Russell, Joe Vaz, Luke Tyler, Matthew Dylan Roberts
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Not having even seen a trailer for this movie, I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to watch it - what I got was a total surprise - and I really enjoyed it! PLus, I am not going to write a scene by scene review of the movie and analyse the plot - why spoil the viewing for someone else?

Even though the three main characters gain superhero powers this is definite not a superhero movie- which makes a great change, because you can see too many of the "fights against evil" type movie. Imagine three normal teenage guys who develop superhuman powers and what they would use those powers for. The results are very "realistic", human and emotional at times but to say more, would spoil the movie for anyone else.

It is a clever fast paced plot with good special effects, some great dialogue and performances with Dane Dehaan in particular as Andrew, the guy with a dreadful home life who everyone thinks is a loser, really coming across well - you certainly start to feel for him right from the first scene. Although the film is not always an easy one to watch, some of the scenes being quite moving, it does have some funny moments and I laughed out loud several times, my son laughing even more - the supermarket scene in particular was great comedy.

To sum up, it is a great little film with some unexpected surprises along the way, one definitely worth getting the popcorn out for and you will be glued to it.

Extras include: pre-visualisation FX work of two scenes; actors' camera test and the cinema trailer. There is also a digital copy to enable you to watch the movie on ipad, iphone, tablet or android phone (with instructions on how to transfer from pc or mac). NB: We haven't tried the digital copy - nothing compatible to play it on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By toblerone93 on 15 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Personally I thought this film was great, the idea behind it is frankly genius yet simple: A realistic take on an overused genre - the superhero. This film deals in emotion, camaraderie and coming of age themes in a way that you can truly relate to and believe. The hand-held camera angle is also very cleverly done...it brings added realism and an intimacy to the film that makes you feel closer to; and more understanding of, the characters themselves, rather than just an observer. Overall a very good film I do recommend seeing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film tells the tale of three high-school teens, 'Andrew'(Dane DeHaan) 'Matt'(Alex Russell) and 'Steve'(Michael B.Jordan)
'Andrew' ( the camcorder owner ) has a pretty difficult home life with his mother seriously ill, and a father who has turned to drink.
The three lads discover a hole in the ground that wasn't previously there, they investigate it, and find a mysterious object at the end of a tunnel leading from the hole they had clambered down.
All three find they have new powers, at first it's fun, they use the powers to confuse the unsuspecting public.
They find they can do many unusual things as the powers grow, however it does lead to tragedy.
The power takes control of 'Andrew' as the tale takes an even darker turn.
Must admit like an earlier reviewer i'm not a great fan of the camcorder style movies, and in truth struggled during the early part of the film, found it slow, however the story does pick up during the second third leading to an interesting yet obvious conclusion.
worth a spin.
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Format: DVD
This is an interesting variation on the superhero theme. Mild spoilers ahead.
Where as superhero movies will generally only spend a little time on the transition that the character goes through when discovering their powers, in order to get to the part where they realise they need to use them responsibly to fight bad guys, this film makes that transition and learning process the bulk of the film. This makes for some interesting scenes as the three main characters, who develop their powers after an unexplained encounter with a generic alien object, experiment and learn what they can do.
I think the film is let down by two major reasons. It is entirely shot from the point of view of cameras that the characters hold or media and surveillance cameras. I think this shooting style, while interesting the first time you see it in a film, quickly becomes annoying and contrived when extending it throughout the whole film. The filmmakers have to crowbar in reasons for characters to be filming and it just feels unreal. Obviously, with the title being Chronicle, the filmmakers want to give the viewer the sense of a historic event being recorded but I think the technique is unnecessary. You could have filmed this in a more orthodox style and it still made a great movie. Maybe it might have worked if the main character had a compelling need to be filming things, or a love of filming, but he just winds up with a camera near the beginning and announces to his friend that he's "filming things now" or something like that, again, contrived. I think it's natural they'd want to record events but why not just film them filming each other and maybe use the first person shots now and then.
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