Chronicle 2012

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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)

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34 of 37 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Just when you thought the found footage genre had had its day here comes Chronicle to add something new to the mix.

A believable reason for the protagonist to always be holding a camera in this genre of film is one of the main challenges they face. Here it is not an issue. A perfectly written story covers that potential pit fall admirably and thus sucks you in. Three students find a strange glowing rock underground which gives them powers. They start to experience super strength, the ability to fly and tele-kinesis.

Where this differs from your standard marvel blockbuster is in its realism. The film is grounded and you can't help but feel that the way these kids learn and use these powers is so perfectly natural and that you would do the same.

There is no ground breaking action here, but that isn't the point. It is about the characters and which path they choose to take. Struggling with different aspects of a teenage life there are some surprising events. The film does a Great job of holding your interest and gripping you to the end.

The ending is its only downfall. Deciding to go with a fairly generic city crashing finale after such promising character development was a bit underwhelming but it does pave the way for a potential sequel.

The characters are perfectly drawn and their use of their new found powers believable. A triumphant film which breathes new life into a crowded and drying up genre. A real treat.
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1 of 1 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 D. Burkmar on 13 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
great film, love it so much, have already watched it five times and plan to watch it again, delivery was fine, no problems with product
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ 83 on 7 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
such a good movie lots of amazing graphics, great storyline its a must buy , everyone should watch this :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss R W on 29 May 2012
Format: DVD
As a super-hero movie lover, I really really enjoyed this, even with it being different to the other films in this particular style! It's interesting to learn more about the characters from seeing things from their point of view (literally with the 'hand held' camera style of filming). It made me laugh, it made me scared and most of all it made me think. Don't underestimate this as a 'teen movie', as it's so much more than that and suitable for all ages!
So worth a watch and definitely worth a tenner!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 May 2012
Format: DVD
Chronicle is what you might call a "sleeper hit". I'd never heard of its director Josh Trank, or its three young male stars, I got a huge surprise when I realised that Michael B. Jordan who plays Steve had in fact played Wallace, one of the tragic young drug dealers in The Wire, he's virtually unrecognisable having gone through puberty. In addition, I neither heard or saw any publicity about this film, and my attention was only drawn to it by my Twitter friends, who had seen it or were planning to.

Chronicle is the story of a teenager who begins chronicling his life with a video camera : a sad, abusive home with a dying mother and alcoholic father, and a high school experience in which he is only spoken to negatively, Andrew is a classic film loner, but somehow doesn't feel like a cliche. This film follows in the wake of such films as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield as a "found footage" movie, in which what we see on screen has been "filmed by Andrew" through his camera.

One night at a rave, Andrew's cousin Matt and popular boy Steve ask Andrew to film a strange glowing object they've found in a field. After this encounter, all three boys discover they have the ability of telekinesis, and that the strength of this ability grows the more they use it.

What is good about this film is the realism with which the three boys use their sudden gift, to play tricks, get girls, and to have new experiences, unlike Superman or Spiderman they don't care about saving the world, only about their own advantages. As Andrew's gifts begin to surpass even those of his friends, his dark life causes a dark side and he begins to develop a God complex.

What I learned from Chronicle is that I may be a teenage boy stuck in a woman's body!
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