Chronicle (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 24 mins

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The shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer is bullied and has no friends at high-school and lives with his abusive and alcoholic father Richard Detmer and his terminally ill mother Karen. Andrew buys a camera to film his everyday life. His cousin Matt Garetty drives him to school and invites Andrew to go to a party at night. They meet their schoolmate Steve Montgomery in the party and they overhear a noise and find a hole in a field. They decide to explore the underground and they acquire powers. Soon the trio learns how to control their telekinetic abilities and Andrew becomes the most powerful. But he easily loses his temper and becomes dangerous while Matt tries to control him. When his mother needs a medicine and Andrew does not have enough money to buy it, his darker side overcomes and he becomes a menace.
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Cast: Alex Russell, Dane DeHaan, Michael B Jordan

Crew: Josh Trank (Director), Matthew Jensen (Director of Photography)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Dates: 03 Feb 2012 (India)

Tagline: What are you capable of?

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Did you know? The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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2.35 : 1
What are you capable of?
Boys will be boys
Not all heroes are super.
It's all fun and games until everybody gets hurt
When the boys are testing their powers throwing the baseballs at each other, Steve throws one at Matt and it hits him in the face, right under the right eye. Next when Matt is throwing the ball at Steve, you see the bruise from the ball on his face, but it's by his left eye now.

Matt Garetty is at a birthday party in Casey's house when he suffers a nose bleed. Blood drips down his shirt, however the next time we see Matt the blood has vanished.

During the fight between Andrew and his bullies (while he is wearing the firefighting suit) he throws one man to the furthest point of the street. He then jumps up into the air, and the camera follows. When Andrew hits the ground again, the man has disappeared.

Errors in Geography
The movie is set in Seattle but after the guys talk about the new camera, an Opel dealership is visible through the car window. Opel cars are not sold in the USA.

Errors in Geography
Fifth Avenue does not have a direct line to the Space Needle as shown in the movie; Fifth Avenue heading north as shown by Matt and his Girlfriend inside the car being manipulated by Andrew would be to the West of the Space Needle. There is no street or Avenue that lines up directly with the Space Needle.

Errors in Geography
Fifth Avenue, which travels southbound from the Space Needle, has the monorail above it, at the time, Seattle's only elevated train, which is not shown as Matt and his girlfriend are inside the car being manipulated by Andrew.

Revealing Mistakes
In the parking lot scene when the car is moved by telekinesis, the rest of the cars in the parking lot clearly have the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle. The film was shot in South Africa, where this is common place. It takes place, however, in the United States (Seattle), where the steering wheel should be on the left side.

Revealing Mistakes
When Matt is driving towards the hospital bombing at the end, a fire truck is seen, which looks nothing like Seattle Fire Department trucks nor American fire trucks.

Revealing Mistakes
When the boys are playing with Lego in Matt's room, Matt clicks his iPod to play music, but he obviously does not click the play button even though the music begins to play.

Revealing Mistakes
The police cars shown do not accurately represent real Seattle Police Department vehicles.

Revealing Mistakes
When Steve uses his powers to move the red BMW from one parking spot to another, the vehicle is clearly being held up by a crane as shown by the elevation of the wheel well on the front wheel.

Revealing Mistakes
When the guys are in the car heading back to the hole discussing radiation effects there's a shot over the dashboard showing the car being driven but the shifter is in Park.

When Andrew is in the hospital, his dad walks to the window. After a jump cut he is walking towards the bed and Andrew is in a different position and the blankets are no longer messed up.

When Matt impales Andrew at the end, we see it a second time from a second view. When we see Matt the first time Andrew gets impaled, he is holding himself with one hand. The second shot of Andrew getting impaled shows Matt when he impales Andrew lands on his side. Then when we see Andrew again, he is back to holding himself up.

Errors in Geography
When Matt and Andrew are battling it out in the Seattle night scene, as a helicopter flies overhead the radio calls out from an officer that he is "Eastbound on Yesler," which, when heading eastbound on Yesler Avenue it takes you away from downtown and away from the Space Needle - in other words, away from where the action was occurring.

Revealing Mistakes
In the last scene when Matt is in Tibet, no breath is visible when he speaks. This is obvious because his breath would be hot, and he's in the snowy mountainside.
The director made Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell live in a house together for 15 days in order to create a genuine bond between the three.

The film has no original score, only using sources such as radio and iPods to generate music.

The pink haired girl played by Anna Wood whom Andrew was making out with is actually the real life girlfriend of Dane DeHaan (Andrew) They married in 2012.

The song This Bright Flash, by M83 that plays during the end credits features only one line of lyrics: "I killed all the rainbows and the species."

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.

The filmmakers originally intended to have Andrew splay and tear apart his father's limbs exactly like the spider's, but the scene was removed to preserve a PG-13 rating, and to showcase Matt's pacifistic nature.

At the beginning of the film, where the main character is filming into his bedroom, to the left of the mirror is a drawing which gives away the ending of the film.

When Andrew is throwing Matt a bus at the end of the film you could hear the horn of bus.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Man of Steel (English)
References: Alien (English)
References: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (English)