Chronicle

Chronicle

For three high school classmates who suddenly gain superpowers from a mysterious substance, the chronicle of their ordinary lives is about to take on extraordinary turn. 3.1 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
Chronicle

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Action, Drama, Horror
Director Josh Trank
Cast Michael Kelly, Alex Russell, Dane DeHaan, Anna Wood Michael B. Jordan
Studio Fox UK
Release Date February 2012
Running Time 83 mins
 

For three high school classmates who suddenly gain superpowers from a mysterious substance, the chronicle of their ordinary lives is about to take on extraordinary turn.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Mark Dinning

Fresh and accessible, exciting and memorable.

30/01/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A crackingly good film that puts new and thrilling life into the traditional theme of the lonely guy getting superpowers.

02/02/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

An unexpected treat.

03/02/2012

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

The superhero stuff is all fine and good enough, but it’s this vision of a lonely boy with his swooping, dipping, flying Tinker Bell of a camera that truly lifts the movie.

02/02/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The story revs up to a thunderous climactic battle as spectacular as anything in the Spider-Man movies, but [which] keeps to the grungy, indie feel of the rest of the film.

05/02/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Chronicle sounds dispiriting on paper, but it’s pretty effective in practice thanks to a surprisingly strong final act that makes inventive use of surveillance footage to energise its final smackdown. It also helps that the initial irritation factor that comes from characters incessantly recording every aspect of their lives eventually feeds into the plot, which turns out not to be a superhero origins story so much as a supervillain origins story.

02/02/2012

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Screen

Brent Simon

Given the thinly sketched and functional quality of the characters, Chronicle doesn’t leave (or require) much room for deep impression, but Jordan displays an ample amount of charisma as a young guy for whom relatively everything comes easily. Meanwhile, DeHaan, with the meatiest role, gives a very solid turn as the detached Andrew.

01/02/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

It’s like consuming several whole seasons of Heroes at a gulp.

03/02/2012

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Time Magazine

Richard Corliss

Simultaneously diverting and annoying.

02/02/2012

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

By the end, the trio are flying around like the Harry Potter kids after a night on the sherry. Which makes the idea that we’re watching events from the point of view of one camera laughable. It’s a weak link in a strong calling card for the talents of Trank and Landis.

30/01/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The frolics of the first half are more enjoyable than the mayhem of the second, though Landis earns his spurs with an incisive portrayal of youthful angst and bereavement.

03/02/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

It's a cautionary tale that just might inspire a new franchise without quite deserving to.

03/02/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

Unfortunately, like Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, neither the boys nor the film's director and screenwriter can think of anything to do with these special gifts that is not frivolous, playful or malevolent.

05/02/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

If 8mm and Cloverfield mated, they might produce Chronicle.

02/02/2012

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