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Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

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Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.


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Americans Chris, his girlfriend Natalie and their friend Amanda travel to Europe on vacation. They meet up with Chris' brother Paul living in Kiev, Ukraine. Chris wants to travel to Moscow to propose to Natalie, but Paul convinces the group to first visit Chernobyl with an extreme tourism guide. They meet the guide Uri and another couple who are also going on the tour. Uri explains that because of the radiation levels he can only take them to Pripyat, a deserted city very near Chernobyl. They travel by van, but are stopped by a military checkpoint that makes them turn back. Not giving up, Uri finds an alternative route to the town. The group spends the day taking photographs and exploring abandoned buildings. Uri becomes nervous and decides it's time to head home. However, the van won't start and they discover the engine was sabotaged. Soon they discover that they are stranded, no one knows they are there and that they are definitely not alone. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence, some bloody images and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror en Chernobyl  »

Box Office

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$7,955,307 (USA) (25 May 2012)


$18,112,929 (USA) (13 July 2012)

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A journey to an abandoned city turns into a survival attempt
25 November 2012 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

It was one of the horror movies with a negative ending, horror scenes were not so qualified nor had a good visibility, but horror scenes especially wild dogs were effective enough to be expected in a horror movie.

Illogical behaviors both at the beginning and inside of this adventure causes every participant's death and turns that journey into several attempts to escape from fatal zone, an escape from a danger caused by wild creatures or wild people and an escape from a deadly extremely dangerous radioactive zone. It made no sense all that wrong preferences of characters, anyone would go away to bring aid, but they preferred searching another characters and they could only find their dead bodies and suffered from another dangers, incidents, and eventually the last two characters were killed by officials.

It would be extremely frustrating and terrifying to know that it would be impossible to get away from that hell, and survive. Negative ending made this movie more effective and maybe more unforgettable. I think, it was a bit better horror movie than an average movie in that type and it should have been evaluated with 6 0r 7 points out of 10, I personally gave 7 points, and I think it deserves that.

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