Chronicle

Chronicle

DVD - 2012
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Seen through the lens of a troubled teen's video camera, yet filled with eye-popping action and jaw-dropping special effects, Chronicle is as real as it gets. When three ordinary high school friends make an extraordinary discovery, they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding. But as their powers develop, so do their darker sides. Fun, harmless pranks soon lead to much riskier activities as the boys' 'gifts,' and their lives, spin dangerously out of control!

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Reading_Right
Oct 09, 2017

Ugh. Another film with such potential!!
I know it's tough to find a good script, but lately, the number of films that have unbelievable dialog & characters, are incredibly infantile (i.e. what's excepted as a "normal" maturity level for ALL characters is somewhere in Middle School.), and are very dark (practically demonic), is astounding. This is another one of those. Oh, and add demented...
To note: I'm talking about the responses & reactions of the characters, and as for the real insidiousness, it's subtle (to most viewers). I'm not talking about the obvious downer overtone of the entire film, though that's another thing. Let's see if I get this straight: 17 & 18 year old men discover/attain this kind of power, and they approach it like immature 11 year olds? Yes, I get that one of the characters is mental (more than the others lol), but the dynamics, responses, and reactions are not believable. e.g. one decides he needs money, and with his power, he approaches it the way it was scripted!?! (It's analogous to wanting the chips & money out of a casino, and instead of teleporting them out the door, you murder everyone inside, then go in -on camera- and scoop everything up off the table manually.) Get real...
There are many other examples, but here's another particular fav: once attaining a level of power akin to Superman, they produce a skit for a H.S. magic show???
The fantasy part of the script is fine (It's a movie!), but I'm supposed to believe that anyone with that kind of power, is still worried about whether someone in their H.S. thinks they're "cool"!?! LOL I don't think so.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 07, 2017

Andrew Detmer is a young and seemingly troubled teen who has many problems at home. His father is a drunkard and his mother is unfortunately ill – very ill. Andrew gets a camera and begins to film everything. One day, he is out with two of his friends and they discover something together. They end up getting superpowers. However, as amazing as that sounds, things do not continue going smoothly. Andrew one day does something that leaves everyone speechless – he uses his powers to push a car into a ditch. Will everyone be safe with these newfound powers in the hands of someone like Andrew? Rating: 2.5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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franna
Mar 13, 2016

Kinda slow. Main character has no redeeming qualities so I didn't really care for it.

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sallyneary
Oct 12, 2015

Not my usual genre but gripping and very well done.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 15, 2015

I enjoyed this film. I think the use of first person perspective is cool and the acting coupled with the special effects were great! It was intense and exhilarating!

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Monolith
Jun 06, 2015

Somewhat predictable but it held my interest.

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Matisse
Oct 31, 2014

It sticks with the conceit that it's told with found footage, sticks to it brilliantly, as opposed to other recent flicks. It asks the question, what if a normal bunch of kids were given superhuman powers. Not Superman, but ordinary average guys. Truly compelling.

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jazeebelle
Oct 25, 2014

I enjoyed this movie far more than i thought. In my opinion if we as humans suddenly gained superhuman power this is more how we would act with that power.

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docjnsuss
Feb 28, 2014

The movie Chronicle is shown through the lens of a video camera of a nerdy high school boy. When the boy and two of his high school classmates make an unusual discovery they are endowed with superhuman powers. As the boys discover more and more about their superhuman powers their lives begin to spin more and more out of control. There are some interesting special effects unfortunately the movie's ending ruins the fun.

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karenw32
Oct 22, 2013

This movie was barely "ok". I didn't really get what was discovered or how "it" got there. For the better part of the movie, it was mostly three high school boys acting all silly and stupid. The only decent part of the movie was the last half of it.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 15, 2015

Schoolgurl95 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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melek
Apr 08, 2013

I agree with Swagzilla, although I wouldn't be quite that blunt. I'll just stick with pathetic movie where you don't give a crap about any of the characters. Sequel?? When everyone's dead except the one who doesn't want his "powers" (whoa, look at me, I can fly and do mind over matter just like Penn and Teller) is dead? Don't think so, thank God. In a world where we should conserve resources, time and celluloid (or smart-phone storage cells) should not be wasted on a sequel to this thing. Easily the worst movie I have ever seen. Not even campy like Friday 13 (so bad it was at least funny)

edalit12 Jul 07, 2012

I bet htis movie is going to be great whats better thatn teenagers with superpowers!

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 15, 2015

Violence: Some violence

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 15, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: That's what it's all about

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 15, 2015

Matt Garetty: Andrew, you're not alone up here. I'm here with you! I should've been with you all along, but I'm here now. We can stop this right now, you and me. Andrew, we can just fly away, we can get out of here. We can be family! Andrew? Andrew, look at yourself. This isn't who you are!

Andrew Detmer: Apex predator...

Matt Garetty: What?

Andrew Detmer: I'M AN APEX PREDATOR!

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