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[[caption-width-right:350:Angst-ridden teenager with unlimited power....[[SarcasmMode perfectly safe]].]]

->'''Matt:''' [[GenreSavvy This is the beginning of your downfall. Hubris, right there.]]\\
'''Andrew:''' [[GenreBlindness What's hubris?]]

''Chronicle'' is a 2012 [[FoundFootageFilms found footage]] super-power action film directed by Josh Trank and written by Creator/MaxLandis focusing on three teenage boys who discover a mysterious object in a cave on the outskirts of town. They soon discover that exposure to the object has granted each of them [[MindOverMatter telekinetic abilities]]. As they practice with their abilities, they get stronger with them, and learn to [[FlyingBrick fly and protect themselves from harm]]. They don't exactly become heroic pillars of justice and instead use their powers for random pranks and goofing around, as teen boys do.

However, they soon discover that the gifts they have been granted may be drawing out their darker and more dangerous sides...

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!!''Chronicle'' contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Richard Detmer, especially in his final scene.
* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler:Matt.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew.]]
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The point behind [[spoiler: Andrew's]] "Apex Predator" speech.
* AmbiguousSituation: It's unclear whether [[spoiler:Steve's death was due to a freak but natural lightning bolt, or if Andrew was somehow responsible--and even if he was, it's not clear if it was killing him in a rage or losing control of his power.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: [[spoiler:MagicMeteor]]
* ArcWords: "You're stronger than this." First said by Andrew's mother to reassure him. Given an IronicEcho at the end, after Andrew [[spoiler:[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes off the deep end]].]]
* BerserkButton: Don't tell Andrew what to do. And GET AWAY FROM HIM.
* BigManOnCampus: Steve. Unlike the usual examples, he is a genuine NiceGuy and nice to Andrew before they all get powers.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Matt defeats Andrew before he can cause any more damage, but several people have been killed, including Steve, and we are left with the lingering sense that Andrew's downfall could have been prevented.]]
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: [[spoiler:Steve is killed 3/4 through the movie, becoming the first character to die. It's implied that Andrew did it. WordOfGod is that this was not intentional -- the script didn't specify that detail about any of the characters -- but that Michael B. Jordan simply blew everyone else away when auditioning for the part, and Trask and Landis eventually decided on casting the best actor rather than a trope-avoidant one.]]
* BondBreaker: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Andrew, for choosing to take his father's BreakingSpeech on "they're not your friends" to heart]].
* BulletCatch:
** Andrew successfully does this while [[spoiler: rampaging through Seattle, catching massed automatic fire from a SWAT team]].
** Matt not so much. [[spoiler:He gets shot at once, and can't stop it, though he might have at least softened the blow.]]
* BullyingADragon: Throughout most of the film, Andrew's father has no idea Andrew has his new powers. Then Andrew grows a backbone, and [[CallingTheOldManOut calls out his dad]] on the "wasting money on public school" bullcrap. Andrew's father snaps, and attempts to indulge in some [[AbusiveParents child abuse]]. Andrew [[CurbStompBattle wins.]] Later, after Andrew is in the hospital, his father attempts to do the ''exact'' same thing, the only difference is that he thinks Andrew is [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown unconscious]]. This goes [[TooDumbToLive about as well as you would expect.]]
* ByronicHero: Andrew, arguably.
* CainAndAbel: Played with. Andrew and Matt are cousins, not actual brothers, and Andrew is the younger sibling, but [[spoiler: develop this dynamic in the finale. However, it is the Abel-like Matt who kills his cousin, but does it reluctantly and only as a very last resort.]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Cape Town]] for UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.
* CameraAbuse:
** Some bullies take Andrew's camera and slide it along the floor.
** A drink gets spilled on the lens of Andrew's camera at one point.
** Andrew's first camera gets buried after they discover the underground cave.
** The camera falls a few times while the boys practice flying.
** During the climax which was filmed from multiple cameras, many of them end up getting smashed.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Andrew's constantly in conflict with his JerkAss father, but for the most part he's too browbeaten to seriously call him out... up until Richard accuses Andrew of wasting his money on public school.
--> You don't pay for public school, you ''IDIOT!''
* CameraScrew: The strange object causes the camera to behave erratically.
* CarFu: [[spoiler:During the final fight, Andrew hits Matt with a telekinetically thrown bus.]]
* CaughtOnTape: To be expected. It is implied that Andrew bought the first camera so his alcoholic father won't beat him for fear of this. [[spoiler: It doesn't stop him and Andrew never does anything with the footage; worse still, his habit of filming things turns into a neurotic obsession- note the way he starts collecting cameras during his rampage]].
* CelebrityParadox: In a broader form of this general idea, none of the characters refer to or show any awareness of fictional characters with superpowers, as if that genre simply doesn't exist in the movie universe.
* CharacterDevelopment: Matt goes from [[spoiler: standing around and telling Steve to be careful when Steve dives into the raging river to save the guy in the car Andrew crashed, to unhesitatingly rescuing Richard when Andrew drops him.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Andrew explains how his father used to be a firefighter. [[spoiler: Andrew wears his father's old firefighting gear during a string of robberies, the last of which ends in a fiery explosion at a gas station]].
** [[spoiler: The firefighting gear he was wearing also saved his life when the explosion happened. He was literally on fire after the explosion, and the heat-resistant clothing probably reduced the damage he received.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: As they experiment with their powers, the boys learn they can create barriers around themselves. Andrew shows this to Matt by stabbing at his hand with a fork. The fork loses. [[spoiler:This is the only skill which Matt shows an innate grasp of, and later on, when Andrew catches him with his defenses down and hurls a bus at him, this skill explains his survival.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Andrew [[spoiler: rips a spider apart for fun (see above) and, for revenge, rips bullies' teeth out (see Below).]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: DoubleSubverted and {{Deconstructed}}. At first, the kids never think of using their powers for the common good, as opposed to shits and giggles]]. Then, after the incident with the trucker, Matt lays down the rules for the ethical use of superpowers (see MindOverManners below); the kids still don't use their powers to help people, but at least stop dicking around with them. Then, [[spoiler: after Andrew loses his shit, Matt inadvertently becomes a true hero but his motivation is entirely personal; he saves Seattle from destruction at the hands of his cousin]].
** Matt's turn towards heroism is also implied to be somewhat influenced by him hanging around Casey and watching her blog--she's implied to be something of a GranolaGirl interested in fixing the ills of the world, and he wants to look good in her eyes
* ComingOfAgeStory: With superpowers!
* CreepySouvenir: When Andrew [[spoiler:attacks his bullies, he winds up creating a collection of teeth. However, when the bell rings, he quickly disposes of them.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: WordOfGod says the sequel is going to be this.
** The original script, where [[spoiler: Andrew rips his father apart just like the spider, Matt stabs Andrew with the spear but Andrew's ''still alive'' so Matt shoots him in the head, and the government captures Matt and keeps him in a cell while he's injured and screaming for them to help him.]] [[SoleSurvivor Matt]] still lives, but ''yikes''.
* DawsonCasting: All of the leads are in their 20's.
* DeathByIrony:
** [[spoiler:Andrew saves Steve's life in the airplane incident... only to kill him in the thunderstorm scene.]]
** [[spoiler:Andrew styles himself an "apex predator". He is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice with a spear from a statue representing a tribal hunter.]] Really, he brought it onto himself.
* {{Deconstruction}}:
** Of teens gaining superpowers.
** Also of super villains, in that the film takes a closer look at what would drive someone to become one.
** The final battle also does a fantastic one on Hero/Villain battles and shows just how terrifying and destructive one would be in real life. Notably it is clear that the SWAT teams and other police officers seem to view the heroic [[spoiler: Matt]] and villainous [[spoiler: Andrew]] as equally dangerous.
** At the same time though it's a bit of a {{Reconstruction}}. Andrew's development is very similar to classic, TragicMonster supervillains, with his fall into violence causing [[spoiler: Matt's transition into a classic, responsible superhero.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Soon after [[spoiler:Andrew snaps]], we switch the point of view to [[spoiler:Matt.]] [[spoiler: Possibly foreshadowed during Matt's "apology" scene with Casey as recorded by ''her'' camera, while Andrew is nowhere around. From then on, we repeatedly see things from Matt's perspective, setting him up as the kid with a conscience. This narratively puts him on a collision course with Andrew.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: So, Andrew is now [[spoiler:the king of the school, after the "illusions" and "magic tricks" he and Steve did at the talent show. Finally getting some real popularity, he attends a giant party at Steve's house, and ends up going with a girl for "private time." Sadly, between (most likely) nerves and too much alcohol, he loses his lunch. His school image is actually WORSE than it used to be, with fresh fodder for teasing. After some [[TheToothHurts telekinetic dentistry]] on school bullies, he gets yelled at by his cousin over the abuse of power. He ''then'' gets yelled at by his father, who had discovered his camera, who says that the other boys "aren't his friends", and that they were having fun at his expense instead of with him. Despite finally standing up to his father during the fight, that one part sinks in, and is the part that pushes Andrew into full misanthropy.]]
** And just in case that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:after Murphy's Law seems to have been fulfilled and Andrew is lying in a hospital bed, having likely caused his best friend's and possibly even his mother's deaths... his dad decides to KickTheDog. Which turns out to be BullyingADragon. Cue the climax.]]
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou:
** [[spoiler: Andrew]] threatens his father: "I could crush you! Do you know that? ''I could crush you''!"
** [[spoiler: Matt to Andrew]] before killing him: "Don't make me do this!"
* DrowningMySorrows: Richard seems to have a shitty enough life for it.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler:Andrew in the final showdown]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Andrew's mother]] is seemingly the only person he shows affection towards, and, conversely, the only person who seems to truly care for him.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Richard sincerely loves his wife. Not really all that helpful to her, but still. It's one of his only redeeming qualities.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Andrew's firefighting gear and gas mask make for a nice little makeshift supervillain costume]].
* EvilSoundsDeep / EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler: When Andrew goes amok in the climax, he starts yelling a lot and his voice gets deeper]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Andrew]], after [[spoiler: he beats the living heck out of his father and decides to start robbing people in order to help his mother]].
* FakeAmerican: Alex Russel (Matt) has a pretty strong Aussie accent behind the scenes.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: No matter what happens, Steve is a genuinely nice guy who will stay by Andrew's side, and even [[spoiler:goes flying in a thunderstorm to try to talk him down after he's been abused again by his dad. Said friend still kills him anyway.]]
* FingerGun: Andrew uses one to [[ThisBananaIsArmed knock out a local gang member.]]
* FlyingBrick: When the boys master their powers, they come very close to this archetype: they can fly, kick major ass, and resist damage.
* FoundFootageFilms: The film uses cameras from a variety of sources.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Andrew is melancholic; Steve is sanguine; Matt is phlegmatic but becomes more choleric as the story progresses.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** After the talent show, Matt mentions that Andrew's expanding ego and hubris will be his downfall. He says it semi-jokingly, but it's from that point on that things start going downhill.
** During the toy store scene, [[spoiler: Andrew]] holds a red lightsaber like the one used by [[StarWars Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader]]. Also, [[CaptainObvious evidently]], a ShoutOut.
** During the Lego scene, Andrew builds a model of the Seattle Space Needle. Guess where the climax occurs? [[spoiler:Contrary to the end of that scene, though, the Needle survives.]]
* FreudianTrio: Andrew is TheId, friendly everyman Steve is TheEgo. TheSuperego is Matt, who outlines the rules and morals the group has to play by, quotes philosophy and calls people out on their shit. [[spoiler: After Steve is dead there is no longer that buffer between Matt and Andrew so the two extremes are pitted against one another.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The film [[{{Pun}} chronicles]] this for [[spoiler:Andrew himself]].
* GenreBusting: TeenDrama, KitchenSinkDrama, ComingOfAge, and Super Power action.
* HealthcareMotivation: [[spoiler: Andrew beats up some thugs and steals money from a convenience store to pay for his mother's pills, an example of Type 2 of this trope.]]
* HopeSpot:
** Matt's recording at the party epitomizes the sense that Andrew's life might start improving. Tragically, it's all downhill from there.
** [[spoiler:Why Richard, do you finally seem to care about your son when he's in a coma? Oh, you don't, you're just here to heap some more abuse on the pile.]]
* HowDoIShotWeb: A good deal of the second act involves the trio learning how to use their telekinetic powers, as well as their application.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Matt says this word for word after [[spoiler: killing Andrew.]] Foreshadowed when [[spoiler:Andrew himself dismisses Matt with a "You do what you have to do" when the latter is threatening to stop him from abusing his powers.]]
* IdiotBall: Andrew gets one at the Apex Predator speech. Also, qualifies when he forgets that sending a man driving down a ravine is likely going to cause some major injuries.
* IllGirl: Mrs. Detmer.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The final fate of [[spoiler:Andrew to stop his rampage]].
* ImplacableMan: At the end, Andrew is burned, thrown into the sidewalk at high velocity multiple times, collides with a streetlamp, falls onto a car, and ''keeps on going''. Possibly justified, as the hospital would have almost certainly given him painkillers after the burns, but before all the other stuff. So, Andrew's pain threshold was almost certainly out of whack.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Richard wordlessly barges into Andrew's room and slaps him out of his seat [[EstablishingCharacterMoment in his first onscreen scene]]. He rationalizes it by screaming that Andrew should "open the door when I say so". This goes to demonstrate how Richard's [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]] has rendered him increasingly detached from reality, and it foreshadows what he says to Andrew during the [[spoiler: hospital scene.]]
* InUniverseCamera: Used consistently throughout the movie. Editing is achieved by jumping from camera to camera, including security cameras and cellphones. Also, even though the cameras are in universe, they are still able to film sections of it like a typical third person movie by having Andrew use his powers to levitate various cameras around. It's implied that [[spoiler: Andrew starts doing this unconsciously. Towards the end, he steals all the cameras and smartphones from every bystander in the Space Needle, for no real purpose other than to perhaps clinically document his rampage. He then seems to do the same thing with the cops, taking their dashboard and helmet cameras. Matt foreshadows/lampshades this early on when he says that the camera is like a barrier between Andrew and the world. Andrew's reply? "Maybe I want a barrier."]]
* IronicEcho: "I'm stronger than this". Stated initially by Andrew in reference to [[spoiler: the hardship he's going through in life.]] Repeated again when he [[spoiler: goes on his rampage, with his new 'apex predator' philosophy.]]
* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Three teenagers accidentally get superpowers just because they decide to check out a weird-looking grave. [[spoiler:The source of their superpowers is never even explained.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: It doesn't take much to realize that Andrew's father, Richard, is simply using his son as an outlet for venting his stress and passing blame for his family's financial issues from himself. He even calls Andrew selfish for keeping an expensive camera (that was a gift from his cousin) from him (after said camera caught him searching through his son's room, clearly looking for money). True, he does care deeply for his wife and wants to help get her the treatment she needs, but that raises the question as to why he can't stop spending money on alcohol rather than blaming everything on his son. The fact that when we first hear his voice he's established to be a belligerent alcoholic that is essentially responsible for Andrew's instability doesn't help either.
-->'''Richard:''' You're hoarding a five-hundred dollar camera from me while your mother is dying and every penny of mine goes to your school!
-->'''Andrew:''' You don't pay for ''public school,'' you idiot!
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: When Richard [[spoiler:comes to see an injured Andrew in the hospital, he starts crying by his bedside]]. Seems like he actually [[spoiler:feels bad about what happened to his son]]. We then find out [[spoiler:he's crying because Andrew's mom died, and proceeds to blame Andrew for it.]]
* JitterCam: Played straight for the first parts of the movie, but later averted due to Andrew keeping the camera steady and constantly running using his powers.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Andrew is a troubled, misunderstood kid who doesn't do well on his first date and then proceeds to [[SocialDarwinist kill everyone he considers weaker than him.]]]]
** To be fair, the kid had much more crappy stuff going on in his life than just a bad date. The psychological damage is pretty much set up from the beginning.
* JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: killing his abusive father]] had he just did a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than drop him from height, [[spoiler: which allowed Matt to save the man.]]
** Possibly an example of [[spoiler: CruelAndUnusualDeath - rather than an instant kill, Andrew drops his Dad some 20 stories, which almost certainly should have had him just as dead, but he would have had the time to ''know'' he was going to die on the way down]]. Note that against the street thugs,[[spoiler: he does a similar thing of scaring them first before killing them]].
* KarmaHoudini: Richard. [[spoiler: Even the death of his wife and his son doesn't cover the sheer volume of bad karma he had accumulated.]]
** [[spoiler: Though his last act of abuse against a hospitalized Andrew is seen and heard from the camera the police placed in Andrew's room. Given that said abuse triggers the rampage that lays waste to Seattle, the police may have a few questions for Richard about it.]]
* KickTheDog: Andrew has a lot of moments where it counts - [[spoiler:when he didn't think it was wrong to veer a car off the road; after he accidentally kills Steve; when he videotapes Steve's funeral; when he tears a spider limb-from-limb for no reason; and when he gives that Apex Predator speech ("A lion doesn't feel guilty when it eats a gazelle").]]
* KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Andrew realizes this when he kills Steve.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: When Andrew [[spoiler: beats up his abusive father, when he tears Wayne the bully's teeth out, takes his revenge on the hoodlums, and when he tries to kill his father by dropping him from high in the air.]]
* KidHero: Subverted with Steve, deconstructed with Matt. Rather than using their powers to help people, the boys just use them to screw around and have fun. Steve is the only heroic character initially, diving in to save the trucker, and being nice to Andrew from the beginning. Matt starts out as just a bit of a jerk, but becomes an even greater hero through CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler:and is ultimately the only one to survive]].
* LackOfEmpathy: While pushing that truck off the road is Andrew's first major KickTheDog moment, the first sign that something is very wrong with him is the fact that he doesn't understand why Matt and Steve are mad at him for it.
* LeaveMeAlone: [[spoiler: Delivered by Andrew, right before he blows the police surrounding him away.]]
* LonersAreFreaks: More than a little implied with Andrew, especially before the incident that gave him powers.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: [[spoiler: Andrew,]] and not in the funny ComedicSociopathy kind of way.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Discussed. Steve hears that Matt has gone a long time without sex and Andrew is a virgin. His response? "Then how are you guys so cool?"
* MessianicArchetype: Steve comes the closest out of the three. He's also notably the first one to learn to fly.
* MindOverManners: Matt tries to establish rules for the safe and ethical use of their powers after their telekinesis gets so strong that Andrew almost kills a redneck trucker.
-->1. Don't use your powers on living things.
-->2. Don't use your powers when angry.
-->3. Don't use your powers in public.
* MissingTrailerScene: A couple of scenes that appear in the trailers did not show up in the theatrical version, though they are restored in the extended cut.
* MoodWhiplash: The boys' usage of their powers goes from playful to tragic in quite a few scenes.
* MookHorrorShow: The Neighborhood Drug Dealers who tried to mock him wind up running away screaming the moment he kills one of them.
* MuggingTheMonster: Picking on a kid with telekinetic powers ends as well as expected. [[spoiler:The fact that Andrew begins to retaliate in this manner is the first sign of his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* MundaneUtility: All over the place, including Steve floating food to his mouth, Andrew doing magic tricks, Andrew operating his camera telekinetically (even as Matt and Steve keep on using their hands for this,) and Andrew moving puddles out of his path.
** There's even a deleted scene [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEZxS6yL4_M here]] that shows Matt telekinetically stirring his milkshake.
* NiceGuy: Despite his early mischief, Steve is the one genuinely affable character in the film, from start to finish.
* NighInvulnerability: The boys learn to create a telekinetic "barrier" around themselves, protecting them from physical attack. Emphasis on the "nigh" in this case; all three are injured at one point or another in the movie by things they didn't see coming.
* NotSoDifferent: Richard and Andrew. Both are immature pricks who care deeply for the same woman. Both of them are struggling with depression and massive inferiority complexes. [[PayEvilUntoEvil Neither show mercy towards those they deem deserving of punishment]]. One could even reason that Andrew's telekinesis and constant filming become as much of an addiction for him as alcohol is for his father.
* NotSoStoic: Pseudo-philosopher with hints of a superiority complex Matt steadily starts showing real emotion in response to [[spoiler: Andrew's FaceHeelTurn]] until he's sobbing uncontrollably [[spoiler: moments before killing Andrew]].
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Averted. [[spoiler: Matt noticeably uses his telekinesis to halt the falling Richard before catching him.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: The kids never compare themselves to, say, [[{{Spiderman}} Peter Parker]] or the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and no one uses the words "superpower" or "superhero", as if comic books simply don't exist in this universe. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering]] the boys have to look up "telekinesis" in the dictionary before they can put a name on "the thing we can do where we move stuff with our minds", this could be the case.
* NotWearingTights: See directly above.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Andrew]]'s ''modus operandi'' before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: In the final act, Andrew becomes so powerful that he can lay waste to a metropolis if left unchecked.]]
* PersonalityPowers: The guys all have the same powers, but each of them is proficient in one specific usage of them. Steve, the free spirit, is the first one to figure out flight. Andrew, the abused kid with tons of pent-up anger, is best at moving and controlling stuff. Matt, who is the most cautious about the use of his powers, develops his telekinesis more slowly than the others, and mostly excels at using it defensively.
* PowerPerversionPotential: It's teen goofs with superpowers. The preview hangs a lampshade on it.
** At one point, they turn on a leaf blower to blow some girls' [[PantyShot skirts up]].
** Steven implies that he uses his power to "vibrate" his girlfriend. [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre Wink, wink]].
* ThePrecariousLedge: The boys entertain themselves by sitting on extremely high ledges without fear. This is on purpose, of course, as the boys' powers have made them feel fearless. Which comes back to bite them...
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew himself throughout the film.]]
* PsychicPowers: Telekinesis, which is a very broad-range superpower for the creative.
* PsychicNosebleed: The boys get this when they overuse their powers. [[spoiler:They also apparently get it when one of the others is in trouble.]]
* PsychopathicManChild: [[spoiler: What Andrew becomes by the end.]]
* RealityEnsues[=/=]{{Deconstruction}}: The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers.]] [[spoiler: It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]]
** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[DeconReconSwitch reconstruction.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: By Andrew.
* SacrificialLion: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Steve.]]
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Casey is notable in that being a Satellite Love Interest was a cover for her actual role in the film; to provide another camera for the film's [[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage]] style. Ironically, she clearly has more depth than he does near the start, and they seem to have some offscreen development of their relationship.
* SecretIdentity: Subverted. [[spoiler: Andrew goes out to rob the neighborhood thugs dressed in his father's old fire-fighting gear with face-concealing mask]]. [[RealityEnsues They recognize him instantly by his voice and his distinctive backpack]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler: Andrew almost succeeds in killing his father, but, as he falls from a great height, he is rescued by Matt]].
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:There are subtle hints that the government is not unaware of the source of the boys' powers, and Matt promises to "find out what happened." Also ''somebody'' had to collect all that footage and splice it together. Who else do you think would have gone to all the trouble to dig up Andrew's first camera, that got buried with the meteorite/artifact?]]. By the way, a sequel is confirmed as being in the works.
** Unfortunately, both Josh Trank and Max Landis won't be involved with the sequel, as Fox wasn't happy with Max's script he had made for it.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: It's discussed by the boys [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Steve is the most consistently easy-going and friendly character in the movie, who is also the most laid-back about his powers. Interestingly, it is with his death that things go seriously down-hill and Andrew's decent into madness begins in earnest.]]
* ShootTheDog: Literally in the original script by none other than Andrew.
* ShoutOut:
** "The Baseball Test", an experiment the boys do with their powers, smacks of ''{{Jackass}}''. The found footage style certainly helps.
** WordOfGod confirms one to AKIRA [[spoiler:in the third act with Andrew wearing hospital gown.]] Of course, the whole movie is a shout out to AKIRA, right down to a climax full of SayMyName.
** Matt wears a T-shirt featuring the logo of the starship ''[[Film/{{Alien}} Nostromo]]''.
** When Steve rescues the trucker in the first truly heroic act in the movie, his wet blue sweatshirt makes him look an awful lot like Superman.
** The strange object that gave them powers looks straight out of the planet [[{{Superman}} Krypton.]]
** Steve reads aloud the definition of 'telekinesis', much like {{Carrie}} does.
* TheSocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:Andrew and his "Apex Predator" speech.]]
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of the three boys, Matt.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: More than a few reviewers have pointed out how the film draws on similar elements and themes from Stephen King's ''Carrie''. WordOfGod from Landis himself confirms that this and Firestarter were major inspiriations for the film.
* StalkingIsLove: When Matt confesses to stalking Casey, she is definitely more turned on than creeped out. It's somewhat lampshaded when Matt chuckles and admits he shouldn't have used the word 'stalking'. More likely it was his own awkward way of admitting to having a crush on her.
* StartOfDarkness: The movie, contrary to the marketing, is told from Andrew's perspective. You can blame it on his father, too.
* SuperHero: The question of whether ''Chronicle'' is a superhero movie or not is approaching InternetBackdraft levels. Despite the [[NotUsingTheZWord word "superhero" or "superpowers" never being mentioned]], the ways the boys gain their power is heavily reminiscent of MarvelComics classics (particularly Franchise/SpiderMan and the ComicBook/FantasticFour), and the further dynamic of the film, particularly the third act, cements this impression. On the other hand, writer Max Landis has appeared a bit disconcerted by the label being applied, stating that, by the standards applied to ''Chronicle'', ''{{Carrie}}'' and ''Film/{{Firestarter}}'' would be considered superhero movies if they came out today.
** That's a prescient assumption because Kimberly Peirce explicitly stated that her 2013 version of ''{{Carrie}}'' is designed as a superhero origin story.
* SuperHeroOrigin: By the end of the film, [[spoiler:Matt has experienced a MyGreatestFailure (having to kill his cousin in order to save a lot of other people's lives), is motivated by that experience to learn more about the origin and nature of his powers, and is in ''Tibet'', which is basically Memetic Dagobah for budding superheroes.]]
* SuperpowerLottery: Played with. All of the boys get identical powers (very broadly implemented telekinesis), but their degrees of mastery varies.
* {{Tagline}}: [[http://www.missmalini.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/chronicle1.jpg "Not all heroes are super."]], [[http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploads/2011/09/Chronicle-2012-Movie-Poster4.jpg "Boys will be boys."]], [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bpM6qMSGPRU/TqDRW7sEOBI/AAAAAAAA-kY/YBXHfN_pfUA/s1600/iaza19293998622200.jpg "What are you capable of?"]], and of course the page image [[http://mimg.ugo.com/201201/3/8/7/216783/cuts/chronicle1_480_poster.jpg "It's all fun and games until everybody gets hurt."]]
* TeamDad: Matt, who's very stern with Andrew and always calls him out on the things that he does later on in the movie.
* TeamMom: Steve, who's a lot more sympathetic toward Andrew and pretty much TheHeart of the trio [[spoiler: before he dies]].
* TeensAreMonsters: At first, some teens are shown to be bullies, hoodlums, or simply inconsiderate assholes, but all of this is within normal limits. [[spoiler:Then, Andrew loses his shit, and this trope is set loose]].
* TheToothHurts: A bully gets a few teeth telekinetically ripped out. Shortly after it happens, the audience is treated to a detailed explanation of how it was done, up to and including a mention about how two of the teeth were accidentally sliced in half when they came out.
* {{Tragedy}}: An excellent example of a modern tragedy. Lampshaded by Matt's comment about "[[FatalFlaw hubris]]".
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The entire second half of the trailer does all it can to give away [[spoiler:Andrew's FaceHeelTurn]], which doesn't really set in until more than halfway through the movie.
* VillainProtagonist: Sure, [[spoiler:Andrew becomes an OmnicidalManiac with a God complex]], but that doesn't stop the focus on him.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When Andrew pukes for the first time, we don't see the process, although we do see the icky aftermath. When he does it again near the end of the movie, it is pretty much a VomitIndiscretionShot.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Andrew [[KickTheSonOfABitch murders and robs four bullies]] and holds up a store so he can get enough money to pay for his mom's medicine.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Casey vanishes from the film after [[spoiler: Matt rescues her from Andrew]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Matt keeps calling Andrew out on every major KickTheDog moment he does, from the time he veered a car off the road (and didn't think it was wrong), to [[spoiler: accidentally arguably killing Steve and ''bringing his camera to the funeral.'']]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Could possibly be TheMovie of the trope. After three high-school guys are given telekinetic powers by a mysterious artifact hidden at the bottom of a crater, they mainly use their newfound abilities to waste time in increasingly spectacular ways, from playing pranks on customers at a department store, to playing football several thousand feet off the ground. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, a very nasty combination of AbusiveParents and bullying at school eventually turns one of them into a supervillain]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity:
** In the end, [[spoiler:Andrew is a rampaging lunatic with his powers and Matt has no choice but to kill him to stop him.]]
** Inverted with [[spoiler:Matt, who starts out as a pseudo-philosopher pothead, but ultimately becomes a better and more responsible person after gaining power.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Andrew at the end.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler: Andrew is the strongest out of the three boys, but failed to take out Matt in the climax -- even though it should have been pretty easy considering the level of control he has over his powers -- and was easily killed by him instead. The fact that he only recently emerged from a coma, was suffering from severe burn wounds and probably also heavily doped up on painkillers likely affected his performance.]]
* WorstAid: In the climax, Matt successfully lands a hit on Andrew, and sends him falling into a lamppost, a car door, and finally the sidewalk. Despite a high probability of injury to Andrew's spine, Matt starts attempting to drag him away before the cops show up.
* YankTheDogsChain: After the talent show, Andrew's popularity with his schoolmates skyrockets. Yet, he royally screws this up and become even more of a laughingstock in the same night.
* YouAreNotAlone: Both Steve and Matt try to invoke this with Andrew (with the latter even using it word for word);[[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope unfortunately]], Andrew is too far past the DespairEventHorizon for it to work.]]
* UnstoppableRage: See ImplacableMan, above.
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