Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide to take them through the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear reactor workers. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone
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Radioactive mutants attack in waste-of-time horror movie.
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Fresh: First-time director Bradley Parker (working from a script co-written by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli) understands that suggesting is scarier than showing, and confusion generates more suspense than explanations do.
- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Friday, May 25, 2012
Rotten: Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.
- Andy Webster, New York Times, Friday, May 25, 2012
Rotten: You'd never wish tragedy upon anyone, but at some point the characters become harder and harder to feel sorry for. Get a clue, people.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Friday, May 25, 2012
"Chernobyl Diaries" is a movie by Oren Peli, the guy who created the "Paranormal Activity" series. Here, it is a similar concept in some ways. A group of young adults are touring Europe when they hire an "extreme" tour guide. He leads them to the city of Pripyat, the home of workers during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The groups thinks they are alone in the abandoned city, but they aren't. Shot half as a found footage movie and the other half as your average horror movie, it isn't very effective. I found myself very bored and not really into it. It's very predictable and just a run of the mill story, with a pretty cool ending. I love horror movies, and while I didn't hate this movie, I don't think I really liked it that much either. It's one that I could see myself watching again eventually and having a different opinion. Or, I'll watch again and fall asleep. Watch this with low expectations.
- fb100000145236770, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This is one of those horror movies where the characters do so many dumb things that it just drives you mad. I fully expect their to be bad decisions made in horror movies, but there is still a threshold and this movie passes it within the first 30 minutes. The setting and atmosphere are actually pretty good and the movie has an interesting story, but the characters and dialogue can be quite stupid and it takes away from the good things the film accomplishes.
- jlewis07, Saturday, November 17, 2012
It looked ok from the trailer, but having seen the whole film it's not that atmospheric as portrayed in the trailer. It's pretty straight forward run of the mill horror as mutated people attack some young people on an extreme tourism tour of the Chernobyl area. It has a few good moments but I had hoped for a lot better.
- Deano78, Friday, November 2, 2012