Chronicle movie quotes
abandon the usual clichés of superhero movies and instead presents us a
clever twist on the coming of age origin story. The movie follows the
exploits of three teenagers when they encounter a mysterious entity
that results in them developing superpowers, after which they quickly
discover that their superpowers can be manipulated and honed. The
strength of the movie is that the story provides more
emotional weight than the typical sci-fi found-footage thriller as it's
a character driven and explores the darker side of human nature when
faced with extraordinary circumstances. The solid
combination of clever and imaginative script and direction with
talented actors provide a great, albeit imperfect movie that stands
well on its own.
by: Josh Trank
Max Landis (screenplay & story)
Josh Trank (story) Starring: Dane DeHaan
- Andrew Detmer
Michael B. Jordan - Steve Montgomery
Alex Russell - Matt Garetty
Michael Kelly - Richard Detmer
Ashley Hinshaw - Casey Letter
Anna Wood - Monica
Bo Petersen - Karen Detmer
Rudi Malcolm - Wayne
Luke Tyler - Sean
Crystal-Donna Roberts - Samantha
Adrian Collins - Costly
Grant Powell - Howard
Armand Aucamp - Austin
Nicole Bailey - Cala
[first lines; we hear
knocking on a door and then Andrew, in his bedroom, positions his video
camera on a tripod, facing it at a mirror] Andrew Detmer:
What do you want? Richard Detmer:
Why is this door locked, Andrew? Andrew Detmer: I'm
getting ready for school. Richard Detmer: Open
this door, Andrew? Listen to me. Andrew Detmer: No,
you're drunk. Richard Detmer: I'm
what? Excuse me? I said, unlock the door. Andrew? Andrew Detmer: Dad,
it is seven thirty in the a.m. and you are drunk. Richard Detmer: You
don't tell me if I'm drunk or not, you little shit! Andrew Detmer: Aren't
you? Richard Detmer: What
are you doing in there? Huh? [Andrew's father bangs
the door] Andrew Detmer: I'm
filming this. Richard Detmer: Huh?
What? Andrew Detmer: I
bought a camera and I'm filming everything from here on out. [we hear
footsteps as Andrew's father walks away]
[Andrew points his
camera at his terminally ill mother] Andrew Detmer: Mom?
Mom? [his mother opens her
eyes and smiles as Andrew films her] Andrew Detmer: Hey!
Say hello to my new camera for me. Karen Detmer:
Who's the audience? Andrew Detmer: Just
the millions of people that are watching at home. Karen Detmer: Do
I look awful? Andrew Detmer: No,
no. Mom, you look...you look great. Karen Detmer: It's
a nice camera. Andrew Detmer: Oh,
[Andrew films his cousin
Matt, as drives Andrew to school] Matt Garetty:
So uh...should I ask about the camera or...? Andrew Detmer: I
don't know. Um...I'm filming things now. I'm filming everything. Matt Garetty: Filming
everything? Andrew Detmer: Yeah. Matt Garetty: Okay.
[Andrew continues to
Matt as he's driving them to school] Matt Garetty: Have
you ever read any Arthur Schopenhauer? Andrew Detmer: No.
What is Arthur Schopenhauer? Matt Garetty: He's
um...he's a philosopher that I'm reading at the moment. Andrew Detmer: For
school? Matt Garetty: No.
No. Uh...basically human beings have to recognize themselves as beings
of pure will, right? Andrew Detmer: Okay. Matt Garetty: So,
all emotional and physical desires can never be fulfilled. Andrew Detmer: So,
basically you're telling me that I should give up on life. Matt Garetty: Yes. [they both laugh]
[as Matt drives up to
the school parking lot and parks his car] Andrew Detmer: Are
you not coming in? Matt Garetty: I'm
gonna hang back a while, okay? Andrew Detmer: Uh...you're
gonna be late for first period. Matt Garetty: Yeah.
I'll pick you up after seven.
[Andrew films the
hallways as he walks to class] Andrew Detmer: This
is my school, I guess.
[Andrew films the
football field] Andrew Detmer: This
is where I eat lunch, out here on the bleachers. [as he sits down to eat
his lunch he positions his camera behind him, filming the cheerleaders
practicing, one of the cheerleaders walks up to Andrew] Cheerleader: Hi. Andrew Detmer: Hey. Cheerleader:
Could you not video tape us, please? It's really creepy. Andrew Detmer: Uh...no,
Andrew Detmer: This
is the hallway where my locker is. [suddenly a bully
wrestles the camera away from Andrew] Sean: Woh!
What is this? Huh? What's on television? [Sean turns the camera
around and we see Andrew being held by another bully] Bully #1:
Man, you're on film. Turn to the camera. [the second bully
repeatedly slaps Andrew in the face] Bully #1: You
gonna cry? You gonna cry? [Sean makes fun of
Andrew] Sean: Man
you look pretty. [the second bully
continues to slap Andrew] Bully #1: You
[Sean is still filming
Andrew after taking his camera away from him] Andrew Detmer: Sean,
come on. Give it back? Sean: Huh?
You want your camera? Piece of shit from like 2004? [he drops Andrew's
camera to the ground] Bully #1: Here
you go. Here she is. In on piece. [he kicks the camera
towards Andrew nearly knocking it into the lockers] Andrew Detmer: Woh!
Guys! Bully #1: Almost. [Sean laughs] Andrew Detmer: Assholes!
[Andrew films Matt as he
drives him home from school] Matt Garetty: There's
a party tonight. Andrew Detmer: That's
okay. Matt Garetty: Haven
Andrew Detmer: Wait,
I thought Haven Hills was closed. Matt Garetty: It's
abandoned, yeah. What, you don't wanna go? Andrew Detmer: No. Matt Garetty: When
was the last time you went to a party? Andrew Detmer: I
don't go to parties. Matt Garetty: You
are a senior. Andrew Detmer: I
don't want to go to the party. Matt Garetty: You
are a senior! Just come. Andrew Detmer: I'll
think about it, okay? Matt Garetty: Okay.
But when we go tonight, Andrew, can I give you like a pro-tip? Andrew Detmer: What? Matt Garetty: Maybe
leave your camera at home. Andrew Detmer: Why? Matt Garetty: Because,
it's a little weird. Andrew Detmer: It
serves a purpose. Matt Garetty: I'm...I'm
just trying to be a good cousin here. Okay? This is me being a friend,
and telling you should probably not take the camera to a party. Andrew Detmer: Okay.
[in his bedroom, Andrew
is watching the footage he'd filmed earlier in the day when his father
walks into his room] Andrew Detmer: What
do you want? [suddenly Andrew's
father grabs him, hits him and throws him to the floor] Richard Detmer: When
I say open that door, you open the door. You got it? Finish your
[as Matt drives towards
where the party is being held] Andrew Detmer:
Wow, look! A rave! Matt Garetty:
Oh wow, look! A nerd with a camera!
[Andrew is filming them
walking into the party] Matt Garetty: Just
stop following me around all night, okay? Andrew Detmer: What
do you mean? I thought...I thought you wanted me to come with you? Matt Garetty: I
did. I did. But just go and do your own thing for once, okay? Just have
a beer, talk to people. Andrew Detmer: I
[as Andrew films the
crowd of party-goers he spots another student filming the crowd, at
which point she also spots him] Casey Letter:
Hey! What are you filming for? Andrew Detmer:
Uh...I...Uh...! Casey Letter: What? Andrew Detmer:
I'm just... Casey Letter: I
can't hear you! Andrew Detmer:
I'm just filming. Casey Letter: Oh,
cool! Cool! I'm filming for my blog. Andrew Detmer:
Oh! Casey Letter: You
should check it out. It's actually...
[as Matt interrupts
Andrew's conversation with Casey] Matt Garetty:
Hey, Casey. Casey Letter: Hey. Matt Garetty:
How are you doin'? Casey Letter: I'm
good. I'm good. Matt Garetty:
This is pretty lame, right? Casey Letter: Why
is it lame? [she points her camera
at Matt and we also see the footage from her camera] Matt Garetty: You
know, Jung said parties are just people's way of seeking widespread
validation. I'm not one to clamber to be cool, you know? Casey Letter: [sarcastically]
Wow! Way to put it in analytical psychology spin on this barn party,
Matt. That's awesome. Awesome. [Casey turns and walks
away] Matt Garetty: You're
awesome. Andrew Detmer: Hey,
Matt? Hey, what did Jung say glow sticks? [Matt gives Andrew the
finger and walks off]
[Andrew retreats outside
and silently cries after he'd been spat on by a guy at the party for
filming his girlfriend dancing]
Andrew! Andrew, with the camera. Can we...can we use that thing? Andrew Detmer: What? Steve Montgomery: We
found the craziest shit and we gotta get it on tape. Andrew Detmer: Uh...it's
not Steve Montgomery: What's
up, man? You okay? Andrew Detmer: Yeah,
I'm...I'm Andrew. Steve Montgomery: Okay.
I'm Steve. [he hold out is hand to
shake with Andrew] Steve Montgomery: Steve
Montgomery. Andrew Detmer: Yeah,
I know. Steve Montgomery: Really?
Steve Montgomery: Matt
and I were just hanging out and we found this cool little...this thing. Andrew Detmer: Wait,
you're with Matt? Steve Montgomery: You
might wanna... Andrew Detmer: No,
I just Steve Montgomery: You
might wanna get this on tape. Andrew Detmer: No,
I don't really... Steve Montgomery: Dude,
just come on. Just come get it on tape. It'll be cool. Andrew Detmer: I
don't know. Steve Montgomery: Trust
me. Andrew Detmer: Alright. Steve Montgomery: Yeah,
[Andrew films as he
follows Steve into the woods] Steve Montgomery: You
know there are like tons of girls around here, right? And you're all by
yourself, next to a tree. Andrew Detmer: I'm
just really picky.
filming Steve as they walk into the woods] Andrew Detmer: What
were you guys doing out here? Steve Montgomery: Bunch
of people were out here, cause we were like obsessed with the thing. Andrew Detmer: What
thing? Steve Montgomery: You'll
see. [they continue to walk
into the woods] Steve Montgomery: Ah,
that's right! Andrew Detmer! I remember you from home in freshman year,
you always had that grey zip-up hoodie. [Steve calls out to Matt] Andrew Detmer: You
remember that? Steve Montgomery: Yeah.
I got...I got a thing for faces, which is why I'm going into politics.
[Steve finds Andrew, and
calls out to him] Andrew Detmer: Guys,
what is that? [Matt is standing next
to a mysterious crater in the earth] Matt Garetty:
Do you see it? Is that the camera? Steve
Montgomery: Yeah! I got him! Andrew Detmer: Do
you guys know how to get back from here?
[as they get close to
the crater, Steve jokes around] Steve Montgomery: Andrew,
what's making that sound? [Steve and Matt lie down
next to the crater to listen to the sounds that are echoing from the
crater] Matt Garetty: Come
here. Listen to this. Listen to this. [Andrew hesitates close
to the crater] Steve Montgomery: No!
No! No! You gotta get in! You gotta literally...almost...! Andrew Detmer: Okay.
Don't push me! Matt Garetty: We're
not gonna push you in. Were just trying to get in on camera. Steve Montgomery: Listen. [Andrew gets closer to
the crater and point the camera down the hole] Matt Garetty: Listen.
Can you hear that? Andrew Detmer: What...? [suddenly they hear a
loud screeching noise coming from the crater] Steve Montgomery: Wait!
How creepy is that?
[as the screeching noise
continues to echo through the crater] Matt Garetty: Is
the sound coming up? Andrew Detmer: I
don't know. I mean, probably. It is pretty loud, right? [Matt shouts down the
crater] Matt Garetty: Hello? Steve Montgomery: Alright,
dude. We're going inside. Andrew Detmer: I'm
going back. Come on, you guys. Steve Montgomery: I
gotta know, man. I gotta know. Andrew Detmer: Matt,
seriously? [suddenly Steve jumps
into the crater] Andrew Detmer: Wait!
Hey! Steve! [Matt laughs as Steve
shouts his own name] Matt Garetty: Oh,
shit! He's a ninja. Andrew Detmer: Matt! [suddenly Matt attempts
to climb down the crater] Andrew Detmer: Woh!
Matt! Matt! Matt! What are you doing? Are you serious? Matt Garetty: Hey,
dude, can you give us some light? Andrew Detmer: Matt,
don't be an idiot! [Matt jumps down the
crater and disappears] Andrew Detmer: Matt,
you're my ride home!
[Andrew films as the
three go deeper into the circular tunnel] Andrew Detmer: Does
it go down much deeper, or what? Steve Montgomery: Yeah,
man. It goes really really far. Matt Garetty: Andrew,
bring the light. Look at the walls, it's like a straight shot down.
We've probably already come, like, forty or five feet. Andrew Detmer: Yeah,
just don't talk about it. Okay? Matt Garetty: You
ever heard of Plato's Allegory of the Cave? Andrew Detmer: I
don't know, Matt. Let's just get this over with.
[at the end of the
tunnel they reach a cavern and at it's center is a mysterious giant
crystal] Steve Montgomery: Holy
shit! Matt Garetty: What
the hell is that? Andrew Detmer: Matt,
I'm not kidding. I can't breath. Matt Garetty: Look
at this! Andrew Detmer: What
the...? Matt Garetty: Can
you believe this? Andrew Detmer: Matt!
What am I looking at? [the crystal glows
electric blue and suddenly the screeching noise becomes louder] Steve Montgomery: Ah!
Shit! Andrew Detmer: I'm
freaking out right now! Matt! Can we get out of here, please?! Matt Garetty: It
is showing up on the camera like that? Andrew Detmer: I
don't know, Matt! It's messing with it, I don't really wanna film... Matt Garetty: Dude,
I'll buy you a new one.
[Andrew film Steve
standing close a protruding object sticking out of the crystal] Andrew Detmer: Matt!
Matt, look at this! Matt Garetty: What? Andrew Detmer: Look
at this! Matt Garetty: Dude,
what is...? Woh! [Steve touches the
object and it turns red] Andrew Detmer: Dude,
no way! [Matt says something but
the there's interference noise on the camera] Andrew Detmer: I
can't here you! Steve Montgomery: This
is awesome! [suddenly Steve's nose
starts to bleed] Andrew Detmer: Dude,
your nose! [Matt and Andrew shout
as Steve collapses, the camera then fizzles and amidst the
sound of commotion it cuts to black]
[we see Andrew filming
Steve and Matt instructing them where to stand] Andrew Detmer: Matt,
dude, put your phone down. Turn it off! Matt Garetty:
Okay. Okay. Okay. Andrew Detmer: Right,
Steve, you too. Alright? We have to document this. Okay? Are you guys
ready? Steve Montgomery:
Yeah, alright. Andrew Detmer: Alright,
here we go. Okay, Steve, can you move to your left? Steve Montgomery:
Here? Andrew Detmer: Um...yeah,
that's good. And then Matt, can you just go right in front of Steve? Matt Garetty:
Here? Andrew Detmer: Um...yeah,
perfect. Yeah. Yeah. Okay, this is the ball test. Steve
Ready? Matt Garetty: Yeah. [Steve throws the
baseball in his hand at Matt and hits him the face,
Steve laughs as Matt is hurt and angry, we then see various footage of
Matt and Steve pitching baseball at one another in air-bending ways]
[Steve gets behind the
camera as Matt throws the baseball at Andrew
and Andrew stops the ball mid-air with his mind] Steve
That is crazy! Matt Garetty:
Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Steve
Holy sh...! [suddenly Andrew's nose
starts to bleed] Matt Garetty:
Oh, my God. Oh, dude, you're bleeding. You're bleeding Andrew Detmer:
Stop! Stop! Stop! Get a tissue. Matt Garetty:
You did it! Yes!
[Matt is behind the
camera filming as Steve listens to the angry voice message his
girlfriend left him] Steve
Montgomery: I'm gonna get a brick through my window. I am
legitimately scared. I have an election coming up and I don't have time
for this. Matt Garetty: Dude,
why are you asking us for advice on girls? Andrew Detmer: Because
we're his mistress. [they all laugh]