Chronicle is directed by Josh Trank and has been written by Max Landis. This movie is actually based on a story that was conceptualized by both Landis and Trank. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Michael Kelly, and Alex Russell, The film is scheduled for release on February 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom and on February 3 in the United States.
The characters in the movie are Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan), Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan), Alex Russell (Matt Garetty), Richard Detmer (Michael Kelly), Monica (Anna Wood) and Michael Ernesto (Joe Vaz).
A socially inept kid Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is tired of the abuse he suffers from his alcoholic father Richard. So, he decided to capture everything that happens in his life in film for a day, and then get it edited later on his computer. He then meets his cousin (Alex Russell) and high school friend (Michael B. Jordan), and develops superhuman abilities of flight, telekinesis and becoming near invincible, when they come across a mysterious crater
After this, their life becomes a joyride but Andrew Demeter begins to get in touch with his dark side and wreaks havoc. The film was released on October 19, 2011 and was released along with the theatrical release of Paranormal Activity 3.
The editing of Chronicle has been done by Elliot Greenberg while the splendid cinematography is by Matthew Jenson. The film has been distributed by 20th Century Fox and the studio is David Entertainment. The movie is produced by John Davis and Adam Schroeder.
Chronicle has been made in a budget of $15 million and has a running time of 83 minutes.
Some people have compared Chronicle to Paranormal Activity and said that the former is blessed with superpowers. Much has been talked about the emerging screenplay writer Max Landis who is the son of the famous writer –director John Landis who has directed two of the most popular music videos of all times ‘Thriller’ and ‘Black or White’ for late pop-star Michael Jackson . Max has also written movies like Amnesty and The Pied Piper.
The concept of a superhero movie with Paranormal Activity-type hand-held camera recording definitely makes for a believable watch. The other interesting thing about the movie is character development, unlike other superhero movies; it is not about the good versus the bad but about good guys using the good powers to suit their own gains until one of them becomes truly evil for their own taking
The CGI and computer graphics that are seen in an impressive play during the climax scenes are already talked about. One feels that in these times of almost every movie opting for a 3D release, even though they do not justify it, Chronic is definitely a film that could have benefited much from a 3D release.