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Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  25 May 2012 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Ten years ago, the Ukrainian government let tourists visit the area around Chernobyl. They said it was safe... It wasn't. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror en Chernobyl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Oren Peli first thought of the idea for the story when he saw a photo blog posted by a girl traveling through Pripyat on a motorcycle [elenafilatova.com]. See more »

Goofs

When the group enters one of buildings, the red light on the crew camera reflects in glass doors. See more »

Quotes

Chris: I swear to God, Paul, it's a fucking hazard having you as a brother.
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User Reviews

 
Really liked it.
2 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I don't sit down to watch a film just to find things to later complain about. I'm not Dr. Phil so won't comment on the characters relationships with their families and I'm not a linguistic expert so can't comment on the languages spoke but I am a horror fan so I can tell you that I found it jumpy :)

There ye go!

Chernobyl diaries is just a good film to be enjoyed for what it is. It doesn't rely on major blockbuster effects, which tbh I'm sick of. Too many films now are all sfx and not decent scare factor. For a change, the audience are given the courtesy of a raw film. If you want explosions and shiny gadgets to tell you that a film is amazing then this is not for you. If you want to feel like you are actually there in the town with them ( I liked the camera work ) then you'll like it. Just chill out and enjoy the movie for what it is. Entertainment.


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