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Chernobyl Diaries

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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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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Radioactive mutants attack in waste-of-time horror movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chernobyl Diaries is a horror movie about young people who decide to tour the abandoned towns near the infamous nuclear power plant. Some of the violence, including attacks by wolves and radioactive mutants, is more suggested than shown, but the movie still has plenty of blood, gore, and dead bodies. A gun is also fired many times. Language is strong, with frequent uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's some sexual innuendo and kissing in the beginning, as well as some drinking (and hangovers). Chernobyl Diaries comes from the creator of Paranormal Activity, but it isn't anywhere near as creative as that film or its sequels.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's shown, and what's suggested? Which is scarier? Why? Is the movie scary? Or is it more suspenseful? What's the difference?
  • What do you think about the choice to set a horror movie in a place where a real-life disaster took so many lives?
  • Do the characters make reasonable decisions throughout the story? What are some choices they could have made differently?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

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, TheWrap, 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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

"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

2 stars

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

2 stars

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