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Chernobyl Diaries

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Tue Jun 19 2012

Ever since the naive American backpackers in Eli Roth’s ‘Hostel’ stumbled into Slovakia, it’s been open season on tourists who go ‘off the map’. So why not a horror movie set during an illegal visit to Pripyat, the ghost city left behind when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down and the entire population was evacuated? All you need is for a group of six young, disposable travellers and their ex-military ‘extreme tourism’ guide, Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko), to get stranded there after dark, and for feral dogs and mutant humans to emerge from the shadows. First-time director Bradley Parker makes decent use of the inherently eerie setting (locations in Belgrade and Budapest stand in for the real thing), but his disappointingly fright-free, cod-documentary approach is hampered by a sketchy script from writer-producer Oren Peli (‘Paranormal Activity’) and brothers Carey and Shane Van Dyke. So once the annoying, two-dimensional characters start getting bumped off one by one, it’s just a relief that the actors have stopped improvising their own banal dialogue.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 22, 2012

Duration:

88 mins

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britbabe

Wow this was a really mean review i thought it was a good scare like it felt real to me and im americanlo

Alan P

This film is excellent. I saw it with a friend last night and we were scared witless. The location is well chosen and looks VERY authentic – a great ghost town atmosphere with a terrific Oh-my-God-what’s-out-there feel, especially in the dusk scenes when darkness is drawing in. The tension is maintained throughout, almost unbearably in fact to the point that I found it quite an ordeal sitting through this film to the end. The ‘monsters’ (in the loosest sense of the word) are kept hidden throughout and the use of sound is detailed and terrifying. My friend and I couldn’t think of any other horror films in recent years that were so scary. Whilst it’s refreshing that this hasn’t been over-hyped like some, it’s a pity that this has been given such a bad review and now many people may not bother going to see it – there are certainly very few comments here. It may come and go from the multiplexes before word gets out that it’s good. Maybe in time it will get the cult status it deserves. If you like the trailer for this, I’d certainly recommend it. By the way, I was left doubting that Usman had actually seen this and just wanted an excuse to make a joke.

Alan P

This film is excellent. I saw it with a friend last night and we were scared witless. The location is well chosen and looks VERY authentic – a great ghost town atmosphere with a terrific Oh-my-God-what’s-out-there feel, especially in the dusk scenes when darkness is drawing in. The tension is maintained throughout, almost unbearably in fact to the point that I found it quite an ordeal sitting through this film to the end. The ‘monsters’ (in the loosest sense of the word) are kept hidden throughout and the use of sound is detailed and terrifying. My friend and I couldn’t think of any other horror films in recent years that were so scary. Whilst it’s refreshing that this hasn’t been over-hyped like some, it’s a pity that this has been given such a bad review and now many people may not bother going to see it – there are certainly very few comments here. It may come and go from the multiplexes before word gets out that it’s good. Maybe in time it will get the cult status it deserves. If you like the trailer for this, I’d certainly recommend it. By the way, I was left doubting that Usman had actually seen this and just wanted an excuse to make a joke.

Bruce

This film was released the United States in May and this review was written at that time. This is a formula driven, fully predictable, unfortunately typical horror movie. Three very likable Americans Amanda, Natalie, & Chris (Devin Kelley, Olivia Taylor Dudley, & Jesse McCartney) on vacation in Europe journey to Kiev to meet up with Chris’s older brother Paul (Jonathan Sadowski). In an effort to show his younger brother a special time Paul arranges with a stereotypically evasive Russian by the name of Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko) who claims to be an "extreme" tour guide. Uri, who looks like the ex-Russian Special Forces he claims to be, has a special treat for them - a visit to the city of Pripyat, the workers’ paradise that supported the Chernobyl nuclear power stations. When reactor number four went out of control in 1986 the town was contaminated and evacuated on short notice. Uri claims that the radiation levels are now safe for day trips and takes our four Americans and two European backpackers Michael and Zoe (Nathan Phillips and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), in an old passenger van to visit the city. From the time they are originally turned away at the front gates of the city by Russian guards and Uri has to sneak around and slip in the back way, the old horror film formula drops firmly in place. The only questions are; the order they get picked off in and do any survive at the end of the film. By the end of the film you may not care.