Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Despite an interesting premise and spooky atmospherics, Chernobyl Diaries is mostly short on suspense and originality.


Movie Info

Chernobyl Diaries is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, Paranormal Activity. The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme" tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, … More

Rating: R (for violence, some bloody images and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Oren Peli, Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Box Office: $18.1M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Russian Check Point ...

as Ukrainian Thug

as Ukrainian Thug

as Ukrainian Thug

as Restaurant Owner

as Little Girl

as Medic Goldshimdt

as Medic Grotzky

as Humanoid
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Critic Reviews for Chernobyl Diaries

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

After one effective scene involving a radiated Russian bear, the quality of first-time director Bradley Parker's narrative starts melting down like a TEPCO facility.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Its strengths make it worth paying attention to, while its weaknesses prevent it from becoming the first-class chiller it had the potential to be.

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
Aisle Seat

Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
SciFiNow

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl Diaries

Cannot even believe I paid to see this.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Bad acting, predictable scares, insipid writing, and utterly devoid of any compelling suspense or surprises; this horror schlock wastes away its eerie premise to become a lackluster rip-off of 'The Hills Have Eyes'.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Straight to the point: Chernobyl Diaries has some of the worst acting/script/motivations I have seen in a movie, along with incredibly predictable 'scares'. YET, it has probably the best untapped location of any horror.
From the offset, you're introduced to some 'cool' kids who'll annoy the hell out of you immediately. Nothing is believable, none of the characters connect with you or each other. I hated the characters so much I was literally waiting for them to be lynched by the monsters. The only characters/actors I appreciated was a tour guy who takes them to Chernobyl and a hippie Australian who tags along with his hollow girlfriend.
Not surprising (and this was the reason I went to see the movie) was the fact the movie improved ten-fold when they arrive in Chernobyl. The location is astonishingly eerie and you can easily believe the myths of mutants living there. Here the film actually becomes scary to some extent and you feel yourself tensing up.
Until of course, the actors interrupt your concentration with some appalling, predictable stuff.
And so the finale winds down with your typical 'running blindly (literally at the very end), being chased by hordes of evil freaks'. And characters don't die so much as get whisked away into the darkness. Whenever the movie builds up to something scary, it's always undone by a disappointing result, leaving you a little bit deflated each time.
2 Stars 4-5-13

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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