Movie Review - Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

Chernobyl Diaries, 2012.

Directed by Bradley Parker.

Starring Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Devin Kelley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, and Dimitri Diatchenko.


Six 'extreme' tourists discover they are not alone during an illegal visit to the abandoned city of Prypiat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

I’ll be honest; I went to see Chernobyl Diaries, from first-time director Bradley Parker and writer / producer Oren Peli (mastermind behind the Paranormal Activity series), with a few preconceptions and biases. I’d heard about the controversy it had created, and was expecting a dumb, tasteless, cheap and insulting movie, and was preparing a snarky, scathing review in my head. Yet, watching the movie, while it was dumb, tasteless, cheap and insulting, I cannot deny that I enjoyed it.

So, the plot has a relatively standard set-up. Three Americans backpacking across Europe meet a boisterous and impetuous acquaintance in Kiev, Paul
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