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"What are you capable of?"

PG-13 2012-02-01 Science Fiction 1hr 24m

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

  • Released
    2012-02-01
  • Revenue
    $145,000,000
  • Budget
    $15,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 24m
  • Genre
    Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    7
  • Production
    Dune Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, Adam Schroeder Productions, 20th Century Fox

Crew

Josh Trank
Director
Max Landis
Screenplay
John Davis
Producer

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Cast

Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan

Andrew Detmer
Alex Russell

Alex Russell

Matt Garetty
Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Steve Montgomery
Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

Richard Detmer
Ashley Grace

Ashley Grace

Casey Letter
Bo Petersen

Bo Petersen

Karen Detmer
Lynita Crofford

Lynita Crofford

Casey's Mom
Lance Elliot

Lance Elliot

Police Officer
Nadine Suliaman

Nadine Suliaman

School Flyer Girl
Pierre Malherbe

Pierre Malherbe

Police Detective
Joe Vaz

Joe Vaz

Michael Ernesto
Matthew Dylan Roberts

Matthew Dylan Roberts

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Allen Irwin

Allen Irwin

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Chelsea King

Chelsea King

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Matt Adler

Matt Adler

Newscaster
Daisy Tormé

Daisy Tormé

Karen Detmar (voice)
Chrystee Pharris

Chrystee Pharris

Samantha (voice)
Daniel Booko

Daniel Booko

Costly (voice)
Byron Thames

Byron Thames

Howard (voice)
Matt Nolan

Matt Nolan

Austin (voice)
Charles L. Campbell

Charles L. Campbell

Pharmacist (voice)
Popeye Vogelsang

Popeye Vogelsang

Park Ranger (voice)
Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

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Ashley Peldon

Ashley Peldon

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Paul Pape

Paul Pape

Priest (voice)
Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Thug #3 (voice)

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A Review by LastCaress1972

Written by LastCaress1972 on 2013-08-11

Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (A... read more

Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document... I dunno, the misery of his life I suppose. Anyway, once at the party Matt, mildly embarrassed by his cousin following him around with a camera, peels off away from Andrew to hang with some of the cooler kids, including the impossibly popular but genuinely decent Steve (Michael B. Jordan, The Wire, Friday Night Lights). The camera causes further problems for Andrew and he's unceremoniously ejected from the party. He's found outside by the aforementioned Steve, and invited to come with him and Matt to check out a weird hole in the ground in the woods nearby (elements of the party had spilled outside into the darkness, as these things do from time to time). Andrew, Matt and Steve venture down this hole, which turns out to be more of a tunnel, leading to... what is that? A space rock of some sort? Something mineral, and glowing, and a bit scary. Upon exiting the hole, the trio find that they possess mild levels of telekinesis, the ability to move objects with their minds. They also find that with practice, they can strengthen that ability. They soon graduate from levitating Lego bricks to flying through the air. Andrew proves to be particularly adept with this new "talent", and that proves to be problematic, because where Matt and Steve are content to limit their telekinetic use to mild pranks and perhaps flying somewhere interesting on holiday, Andrew's home life, general isolation and subsequent mood swings as a result of each cause him to want to embrace his power - and for him, it's grown into a potentially deadly power, now - in altogether different ways indeed. With Chronicle, writer Max Landis (son of John "An American Werewolf in London" Landis) and director Josh Trank have taken some fairly tired areas (cinéma vérité, superhero origin tales) and made something decent and fresh with them, for comparatively little money (budget was $12m apparently, looks like five times that). It's not a perfect film - the first-person narrative's need to justify its camera angles leads to one or two bum notes despite the fairly ingenious device of having Andrew telekinetically "float" the camera around behind him; some of Andrew's worst rages during the second act - including one with devastating consequences - seem badly disproportionate to the infraction, disconnecting us from the character (though perhaps that's the idea); and the abusive father (Michael Kelly, Dawn of the Dead, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) seems unrealistically so. But these are things I thought about after having seen the movie. The movie's tone and pace, and the performances of the three newly-empowered young men particularly, carry the movie very well right to the brisk 78th minute end (minus the credits). Recommended.

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A Review by Dark Jedi 4

Written by Dark Jedi on 2017-12-21

Why this movie seem to get a lot of 7 and above ratings is beyond me. It’s certainly not my cup of tea. The three high school friends are be... read more

Why this movie seem to get a lot of 7 and above ratings is beyond me. It’s certainly not my cup of tea. The three high school friends are behaving annoyingly stupid, reckless and irresponsibly. Only one of them is showing any sign of intelligence. One of them is just silly and the other one is a nutcase. Of course the film actually revolves around the nutcase. It starts of kind of okay with the three friends finding this glowing alien thing which gives them superpowers and there are some mildly funny scenes when they experiment with them. After that it spirals out of control when the nutcase goes more and more insane. I can live with the drama and bizarre behaviours if the movie would have had some other redeeming factors such as imagery or acting but none of it is present here. Rather the inverse since the film shot in this wobbling-about handycam/documentary style which I really do not like. I’m afraid that I found this movie not very entertaining.

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A Review by Kamurai 8

Written by Kamurai on 2020-07-30

Great watch, will watch again, and can recommend. I am partial to found footage style of shooting, so I understand if that's not for you.... read more

Great watch, will watch again, and can recommend. I am partial to found footage style of shooting, so I understand if that's not for you. Dane DeHaan does a lot of the heavy lifting in this movie, but Michael B. Jordan is right behind him, alongside Alex Russell. It is almost literally just these 3 guys filming each other as they gain, experiment, and grow their supernatural abilities. There are some supporting cast, but they're more there as plot devices, and another camera angle. Found footage is not easy to do, which is why everyone complains about it. This is a very natural feeling movie with some dark aspects too it. I really think you can feel when the mood changes in this movie. It also brings up some great points on the "reality" of if people gained super powers. While most people would claim to be Captain America, the reality is that people tend to do whatever they can get away with, so creating a checks and balances with one's co-supernaturals makes sense, but the reality is enforcing that turns it into super "hero" versus super "villain". Surprisingly, this movie reminds a little bit of "Hancock", but probably not quite as good, mostly just different. If you like dark, edgy super power stuff or found footage, give it a go.

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A Review by LastCaress1972

Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his ...

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A Review by LastCaress1972

Written by LastCaress1972 on 2013-08-11

Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer h...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Dark Jedi 4

Written by Dark Jedi on 2017-12-21

Why this movie seem to get a lot of 7 and above ratings is beyond me. It’s certainly not my cup of tea. The three high school friends are behaving annoyingly stupid, reckless and irresponsibly. Only o...

read more
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A Review by Kamurai 8

Written by Kamurai on 2020-07-30

Great watch, will watch again, and can recommend. I am partial to found footage style of shooting, so I understand if that's not for you. Dane DeHaan does a lot of the heavy lifting in this movi...

read more