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Chronicle

Released

Latest Home Video

May 15, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

85

Director

Josh Trank

Cast

Michael B. Jordan

Michael Kelly

Alex Russell

Dane DeHaan

Studio

2012 Twentieth Century Fox

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Still shot from the movie: Chronicle.

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OverallD
ViolenceD
SexB-
LanguageC-
Drugs/AlcoholC-
Run Time85

Making the Grades

Andrew Detmer (Dance DeHaan) isn’t popular in his high school. And buying a camera to continuously record everything he sees doesn’t make him any more so. (Considering the size of the device it is a wonder school officials don’t ban it.)

But after stumbling across a curious hole in the ground while attending a rave with his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and Matt’s friend Steve (Michael B. Jordan), Andrew is badgered into following the two other teens down into the cavity with his recorder. In the cave, they find a seemingly innocuous glowing rock formation. But when they emerge, the trio discovers they’ve been empowered with supernatural abilities.

While it takes time to master their new potential, the teens are soon able to move heavy objects and even fly. For Steve and Matt, their acquired powers aren’t much more than a really neat party trick. However things are different for Andrew. His unhappy home and school life bring out the worst in him. Granted the capability to inflict pain and vengeance, his strength becomes something to use for his own interest.

Like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, Chronicle is shot mostly with handheld cameras, resulting in intimate, in-your-face frames and plenty of jiggly footage. And like those films, this one may gain a cult following. Packed with profanities and some brief sexual discussion, the movie also portrays a verbally and physically abusive father, and unchecked bullying at school. Both of these are used to rationalize Andrew’s actions. Yet his retaliation becomes more and more disturbing as hundreds of innocent people are also targeted. The most graphic depiction is the impaling of one character.

While one of these young men attempts to reason with Andrew, the angry youth isn’t about to hear it. And his sense of justification may be a dangerous message for teens that might be feeling left on the sidelines themselves.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Chronicle.

How does Andrew distance himself from others by videotaping everything? Why does that activity alienate him even more from his peers? Does the use of security cameras to show some of the violence in this film make it feel more realistic?

Why does Andrew buy into the idea of an apex predator? What motivates him to use his powers differently than Steve or Matt? What does the film do to justify Andrew’s use of violence against others? What is the danger of undisciplined power—not just physical power, but any power?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence.
AB 14A Violence.
MB PG Not Recommended For Young Children,Violence, Language May Offend.
ON 14A Violence, Language May Offend, Disturbing Content.
QC G Not Recommended for Young Children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Chronicle...

Home Video Notes: Chronicle

Release Date: 15 May 2012

Chronicle releases to home video in a DIRECTOR’S CUT Blu-ray Combo Pack. Bonus extras include:

- Deleted Scene - Matt and Casey in the Kitchen

- Pre-Viz

- Camera Test

- Theatrical Trailer

- Chronicle Soundtrack Info

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Autumn hampton says: Apr. 14, 2012

  Personally, I regret taking my daughter and myself to see this movie. My daughter told me that night, she said, ” Daddy, before we go see any movie ever again, lets go see the reviews please. That movie disturbed me. Please watch the movie before I see it, or lets see the reviews.”
I agreed 100% with her even though if it’s a movie like that,I would not want to see the movie before. But over all I will have to say that was a very creative for a movie idea. I don’t know who the writer or producer was, but I give them credit.

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