Director: Brad Parker
Cast: Jesse McCartney, Olivia Dudley, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin
Chernobyl Diaries begins, you fear that this is just another film
which is seen behind one of the characterís camcorder. Considering the
producer and co-writer is Oren Peli of Paranormal Activity fame,
you wouldnít be blamed for thinking so. Yet, you are proved wrong after
the first five minutes.
(Jonathan Sadowski), Chris (Jess McCartney), Amanda (Devin Kelley) and
Natalie (Olivia Dudley) are four young American tourists exploring
Europe and looking to get the most out of their trip. In Ukraine, they
come across an extreme tour company who takes them on a tour of the
abandoned city, Pripyat, which is where the Chernobyl nuclear reactor
disaster took place over 25 years ago. By very bad luck, they are stuck
there without anybody knowing that they are there and find that there is
other dangerous phenomenon there besides radiation.
Chernobyl Diaries starts off so strong. When the tourists enter
Pripyat, the film becomes intriguing. Although the film wasnít actually
filmed on location and in Serbia and Hungary instead, the landscape of
Pripyat is amazing. It is extremely eerie, but the abandoned city has
some mysterious and disturbing type of beauty. In particular, the scene
with the abandoned ferris wheel, dodgem cars and childrenís playground
is particularly intriguing.
cinematography and recreation of Pripyat is probably the best thing
about the film. The horror that is part of Pripyat is actually quite
dull. The images of this evil donít really tell you much about it. It
really is quite a let-down and nothing new. The scariest scene involving
the little girl, makes no sense at the end of the day and is completely
out of place. Chernobyl Diaries is suspenseful in parts, yes, but
not particularly scary.
young cast is that of a typical B-grade horror flick and nobody
particularly stands out.
According to Imdb.com, Peli decided to make a film about Pripyat after
seeing a photo blog by a girl who travelled through Pripyat on
motorcycle. He would have been better off making a documentary rather
than a horror film about it, but we all know that isnít Peliís style.
Such a shame, because the film and itís concept have so much potential.