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Josh Trank

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Plot Summary

Witness the mind-bending chronicle of great power gone awry. When three ordinary high school friends make an extraordinary discovery, they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding. They can move objects with their minds, crush cars at will, and even fly. But as their strengths grow, so do their darker sides. When harmless pranks give way to more dangerous escapades, their lives spin recklessly out of control, leading to an explosive, high-flying climax that will leave you breathless!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 166
  • Fresh: 141
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Russell and Mr. Jordan are as likable as their characters, but it's Mr. DeHaan who pulls you uneasily in. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Feb 2, 2012

Fresh: Based on Chronicle, it's clear that Trank has the right stuff to move up to big-budget fantasy movies. If he wants to, that is. In a lot of ways, he has already beaten the studios at their game. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 3, 2012

Fresh: It's a testament to Trank's capable direction that the movie feels so grounded in reality. There is no sense of the magical in the goings-on, even though what the boys are doing defies logic and gravity. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Feb 2, 2012

Rotten: With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through "Chronicle" is the power to supersuck. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Feb 3, 2012

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Customer Reviews


When I went to see "Chronicle" with my friends on opening weekend, I had somewhat low expectations. Based on the trailers and TV spots, it looked like just another gimmicky found footage sci-fi adventure with unknown teen actors and a generic plot. That couldn't have been any further from the case. In fact, the movie completely transcended every one of its potential clichés to become arguably the most mind-blowing, genre-bending, action-packed motion picture of the year so far.

The story follows three high school students who make an incredible discovery and soon acquire amazing new supernatural abilities beyond their understanding. They can levitate objects with their minds, crush cars at will and even fly. But as the teens learn to control their powers and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. It all leads to an explosive, climactic battle sequence over Seattle that'll leave you speechless.

What makes "Chronicle" really work as a whole is that it doesn't attempt to take itself as seriously as every other film in its genre. Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan give incredibly engaging performances as the three young main characters. They're likable and sympathetic enough for you to care about what happens to them, and the way that they initially deal with their newfound abilities is surprisingly believable. But it's not just the fantastic acting that bring this flick to life. The special effects are amazingly realistic and make you feel like you're really part of the action. Even the found footage element of the story isn't too noticeable to the point of distraction. With its fast-paced direction, smart script and strong sense of creative detail, this movie easily soars above mediocrity and constantly delivers for a truly exhilarating experience.

There wasn't a single moment in "Chronicle" that didn't either have me engaged with the characters or on the edge of my seat. The film took a well-worn idea and turned it into something all its own, and for that, it truly deserves to be recognized as an accomplishment in modern action filmmaking. It may falter narratively at times, but overall, this is an extraordinary movie with fleshed-out characters and a solidly entertaining storyline. If you're a big fan of superhero flicks like me, this is a definite must-see.

Best Movie Ever

This was, by far, one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was so good, that when I saw it in theaters, I didn't even notice that there was a situation involving the police right in the the theater. Some guy was videotaping the movie, and the manager told him to stop. Then later the cops came, took the guy out, and told everyone to turn their phones off. My friend, who I saw it with me, thought the message was part of the movie, and I did not notice any of it. Trust me, this movie is extraordinarily mind blowing. I totally recommend it.


How this is getting so many good ratings is beyond me. I literally looked up the run time in the movie to see how much of this terrible movie I had to sit through in hopes it got better.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2012

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