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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 84/89 minutes
Genre: Drama/Fantasy/Sci-fi

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw
Directed by: Josh Trank
Written by: Max Landis
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 15, 2012







"What are you capable of?"



Film Synopsis:

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. Fun, harmless pranks soon lead to much riskier activities as the boys' "gifts" - and their lives - spin dangerously out of control!



My Take:

Three high school students make an unusual and outwardly non-earth like discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers which seem to evolve and link them. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control. What starts out as fun and games quickly becomes dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with their remarkable powers.

Chronicle isn't deep, prophetic or necessarily preachy. It is at its center a buddy flick about three very different teen boys whose lives are dramatically changed by their exposure to an unknown object that gives them telekinetic powers. As they experiment with their new found gifts they discover what appears to be near limitless capabilities. Andrew is a loner whose only friend is his cousin Matt. Andrew's home life is difficult thanks to an abusive alcoholic father and a cancer stricken mother. On top of that he is bullied in school and has taken to recording the events in his life on a camcorder. Matt is level headed, has no trouble fitting in at school and has aspirations that include dating Ashley, a long time crush. Steve is mister popular, running for senior class president and is on the fast track to success.

The story primarily focuses on Andrew and how after the exposure/discovery of their powers, it affects his already fragile psyche. Matt and Steve being more grounded are much less adversely affected by the inherent dangers of such power. What starts out as three guys having fun with something that they don't truly understand quickly unravels and descends into life altering events with consequences that cannot be undone. As I alluded to earlier the plot isn't deep but a connection to the characters is quickly established. The vagueness of the what/why relative to the object isn't a problem as the narrative's real target is the depiction of who, in this case, the three boys and how it comes to drawn them together and ultimately tear them apart. The saying, with great power comes great responsibility, is apropos. Unfortunately Andrew's perspective is skewed by hard times that don't allow him to disconnect. This sets him up as a ticking time bomb with the potential for some serious payback.

Told in the found footage video style, Chronicle's base level story has enriching elements of teen drama, action, and sci-fi/fantasy, which results in a pretty entertaining film. I like the fact that part of the story is steeped in empathetic harsh reality while other aspects of it descend into the kind of fun, mindless fantasy that you would expect based upon the subject material. The final act pushes things toward the edge a bit but not to a deleterious point. Action/sci-fi notwithstanding this is more or less a character driven film that pulled me in. This is owed in part to the fine performances by the cast, especially Dane Dehaan whose credible portrayal of Andrew anchors the rest. Chronicle isn't going to win any cinematic awards but its thoughtful, semi-original and engaging spin makes for a great way to spend 90 minutes. This Blu-ray release from Fox includes both the theatrical and director's cut (the version I watched during my evaluation) which adds five minutes to the original's runtime.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, brief sexual content and teen drinking.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 88



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Chronicle comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.

The early segments of the film as seen through Andrew's crappy SD video camera are purposefully soft but shortly thereafter he upgrades to a newer HD model at which time the image takes on much improved dimension. The result is a solid video presentation that offers discerning resolution and appreciable delineation during close up and mid level camera pans. The video isn't razor sharp but has an enriching quality. The color range sets the mood with either a purposely reserved palette or bolder chromatic emphasis. Rendering is clean and depth is appropriate. Fleshtones keep pace with the look of the rest of the film and have a balmy but natural texture. Spot on contrast yield crisp, bright whites and blacks are fairly deep and noise free. This is a pristine encoding that shows no obvious signs of video related artifacts or anomalies.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix does a nice job rendering the film's soundtrack. Dialogue has excellent intonation and clarity which allows even subtle changes in vocal pitch to be appreciable. This is a well balanced audio presentation that quite often engages the entire system. Dynamic range is excellent and the soundstage has an open expression that allows its elements to extend well into the room. Discrete rear channel activity isn't extensive however the action based elements provide an enriching level of immersion. The first flight and later the storm and extended fight sequences are empowered by near field sound effects, robust dynamics and thumping low frequency effects that energize the room. The LFE channel is frequently active and reproduces the film's music and extended lower bass frequencies with palpable impact that has excellent tactility.



Bonus Features:


  • Theatrical and Director's Cut of the film

  • (HD) Deleted scene

  • Pre-visualization - 7 minutes

  • (HD) Camera test - 4 minutes

  • (HD) Theatrical trailer

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy


Final Thoughts:

Chronicle isn't deep or lofty filmmaking but engages via a thoughtful, semi-original narrative spin that despite a few minor shortcomings proves pretty entertaining. It makes its way onto Blu-ray Disc in this two disc release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that offers excellent high definition audio/video quality, includes two versions of the film and a disappointing supplemental package. Chronicle has something to offer and is well worth your time. Give it a spin on Blu-ray.









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Thanks for the review Ralph this movie comes out next month over here will be definitely purchasing it.

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Thanks for the review Ralph.

I enjoyed Chronicle enough, but thought the "found footage" gimmick was a real distraction. Usually when I watch a movie I forget there even is a camera. But with "found footage" it forces you to think about the camera at all times, which really took me out of the movie.
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The found footage aspect had me against the film from the get go .. however, I was pleasantly surprised .. the "camera" changes from an older model to a high res unit part way thru the film and showed a marked improvement in PQ ..

I was engaged after about 5 minutes .. the effects are well done and the acting is quite good ..

Although Ralph and I don't always agree, I'm with him on this one ..

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More than a few passing similarities to Akira. (Of which the director openly admitted.) Andrew was a very close personality set up to Tetsuo. Teenager, troubled chilldhood/upbringing, wrong place at the right time awakens powers inside him, powers grow over course of film, closest friend has to try to stop him. Yup, it's that similar. ^_^

Still, I really liked the first 2/3rd's of the movie, even if the end wasn't quite as fulfilling as it could have been. (The last scene in particular)

Solid film.
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lame. blair witch meets akira. camera change adds to lameness.
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I think it's definitely worth a watch. LFE was very good in some parts.

Kind of seemed like a mix of Jumper, Hancock, and parts of the X-men.
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Thought it was an ok movie although the special effects was good. Storywise was somewhat sad. Feel sorry for the kid's parents especially his father.
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........engages via a thoughtful, semi-original narrative spin that despite a few minor shortcomings proves pretty entertaining.

that about sums it up for me. I'll give it a whirl -
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lame. blair witch meets akira. camera change adds to lameness.

2nd time someone has commented that way. Is the camera shift that noticeable?
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It's the best of the "found footage" genre which means nothing. Most of this genre is unwatchable. This film ok as a rental. Nothing more.
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2nd time someone has commented that way. Is the camera shift that noticeable?

It's front and center. it's not just 1 or 2 camera changes. Security camera here, tourist camera there, girlfriend b-camera, cop car cameras. They're all over the place.

I actually think the movie would have been stronger with this element jettisoned, but it at least made sense that Andrew's personality would be hiding behind said device for the majority of the film's running time.
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lame. blair witch meets akira. camera change adds to lameness.

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2nd time someone has commented that way. Is the camera shift that noticeable?

bulls is famous for not liking any movie ever reviewed here at AVS.

Every movie that I can recall ever being reviewed with his comments in it, it's always something short, to the point, and negative about the film. Such as that comment there.

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Thank you for identifying the film as a "found footage" genre. I will pass on this one although the story sounds interesting. I just don't like "found footage" or shaky camera/fast cut type of films.

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not liking any movie ever reviewed here

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incorrect.

Actually, I just checked. He's totally right.

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I didn't look through too many comments, but out of all the comments I looked at for the AVS reviews, it's like 5 out of 6 are like this.

Nothing wrong with that. It's actually kinda funny, and if you didn't like it, you didn't like it.
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i just finished watching this movie, pretty boring and predictable. I don't mind these shaky cam films, but this movie did nothing for me. Good special effects, very prdictable story(loser gets picked on, gets revenge, goes over edge). Just not very entertaining. I usually agree with Ralph, but not so much this time, sorry
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i just finished watching this movie, pretty boring and predictable. I don't mind these shaky cam films, but this movie did nothing for me. Good special effects, very prdictable story(loser gets picked on, gets revenge, goes over edge). Just not very entertaining. I usually agree with Ralph, but not so much this time, sorry


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I just finish watching this movie.

Started out as Jack Ass with magic.

Ended with Marvel Comic.

I enjoy it!
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Bought this on a blind buy ( was cheap ) will be watching tomorrow night.

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This film was fantastic, loved it. Once they obtained there powers it just got better and better. Im definitely glad I bought this on a blind buy. It has plenty of replay value for me.

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After watching this for 5 min it was oh oh, not another movie filmed with home camera. But once I got over that I enjoyed it. I am not sure I would buy it, but it was interesting idea. Rent it, then decide ...
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Not too bad of a movie..worth a rental but I'm not sure of a purchase. I enjoyed it somewhat. Towards the end it did remind me a little of Akira.

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I enjoyed the rental. I am not a fan of the shaky camera method used in this film, however after they acquired their powers I seemed to be able to "get into it" a bit more with the story. Akira storyline with a Cloverfield type of film presentation.wink.gif
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Rented the DVD from a Redbox kiosk yesterday (all out of BD version). What this film is, is Carrie in "stealth mode". Yes, we've seen this before, but this is a new spin on an old tale. What the film is not is, "end-of-the-world epic". I'm glad they didn't overreach and try. It turns out fairly well-balanced and I enjoyed it. Perhaps the BD would've revealed some of the flaws of the CG, because it's not totally seamless on DVD. And for those complaining about the shakey-cam, did you notice how the "technique" improved with the "abilities"? That was addressed.

Chronicle (IMO) is a "one-off", a la Hancock; it really doesn't need a sequel. Though I would have preferred a little more backstory on the acquisition of their abilities. Maybe there'll be a DC later.

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I absolutely was surprised by this film. Intead of capes and masks there are just three kids with an incredible ability. The film overall didn't seem cheesy at all and seemed more
human in story than say batman or thor or the avengers.

Audio was a total surprise, definitley worth checking out for that alone. I recommend totally.
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Just viewed this film and thought it was a nice change in script from the normal superpower movie .I would like to have seen more development on what allowed this all to happen and the ending let me down just a little but it was not a deal breaker for me. The video was done well as I did not see anything CGI wise that stood well maybe the lifted BMW lol!!! My screen is smaller so I might miss certain details. I don't want to be too critical of the audio but at times it seemed that the LFE was present when it really was not needed.

I think the Ralph's review was spot on so this was just a rental for me!!!!!
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