Review: Chernobyl Diaries

Chernobyl Diaries

The average person who goes on holiday, goes to relax, to have fun or to find things like monuments, historical artifacts or something like they have never seen before. These geniuses go out of their way to see a secluded and polluted place called Chernobyl.

While preparing for their trip, they encounter another couple that are also likely to Chernobyl for the exact reasons. It is all fun and games at first, but when unnatural things start to happen on this supposedly vacant land, this group of people could find themselves with an experience they’ll never forget….

For those who don’t understand, Chernobyl experienced a devastating nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant back in 1986. An explosion happened and contribute to radioactive contamination which eventually spread to much of the western areas of the Soviet Union and some of Europe. This area is virtually unlivable, is almost entirely empty now and still has some difficulties with radioactive contamination. That appears to be a place that you may want go see in order have fun right? Right? Me neither.

A group of people are hanging and having a fantastic time with each other. Then after some time, they eventually set off on the trip that lands them in Chernobyl. This portion of the movie is well done. There is a silent tension that hovers over those scenes in Chernobyl and that is because all of us know something is going to go down. There’s one problem though. The storm never really comes, and that is a terrible thing.

It would be like hearing about a class five hurricane that is supposed to be coming your way. It is on the news, you find the dark clouds overhead and you might even start to hear the end and feel some of its own power. Then after becoming worried, you prepare for this monstrous storm and do what you can to receive your loved ones and everything else in order. You are rushing like everybody else and you eventually get home only to discover that all you are likely to get is drizzle. That is Chernobyl Diaries in Brief.

These early scenes once the gang arrive at Chernobyl are easily the best areas of the movie. Everything then strikes a wall, never lives up to expectations and does not really do anything.

There honestly are not a lot of scares to be seen in Chernobyl Diaries and a significant quantity of the violence is quite tame and pedestrian. As a matter of fact, the film overall is rather subdued. I was not surprised at the lack of scares, since I am used to horror movies coming up short in that section. This news should not come as a shock to anybody else really. How many horror movies are no good anyway? What did sort of jolt me a little bit was predictable and conventional it was. For some reason, I was thinking that they may show us something new, but they did not.

If you are a fan of horror movies, you can point out a few of the items in this film which you will recognize in a lot of other films from this genre. By way of instance, you see our celebrities doing several stupid things and making bad decision after bad decision. The stupidity caught me off guard more than anything and that is because these people are too stupid. There are things that I won’t say about the lack of intelligence that is put on screen by the kids caught in Chernobyl, since I would have to point out particular scenes to be able to do this and I do not want to spoil it for you would be film goers.

I also wish to take this opportunity to check at the evil doers from the movie. Once more, I do not want to give up too much, so I will not get to deep into it. The bad guys these guys want to fight off are worse than their Battleship counterparts, but it is more about the way they were introduced than the real villains themselves. They did not give these guys enough screen time and I could say with one hundred percent certainty, that we did not find all that they were capable of.

I will be honest and state that I will not remember Chernobyl Diaries for a lot longer. It’s merely one of those movies that just shows up and is gone from your memory in roughly the same quantity of time it takes to watch it. Until that day comes (tomorrow) when I do forget, I will remember this scary picture for what it is, what it is not and what it might have been. Instead, I got a basic watered down horror movie that could barely be considered terror.

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