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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
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 »
When the characters are trying to escape the building and they get to the glass door Michael hands Amanda the tire iron. After trying to break the glass with the chair Michael takes the tire iron back from Amanda. Right after Michael breaks the glass with the tire iron Amanda and Paul are shown flinching away form the breaking glass and Amanda is still holding the tire iron. See more »
I think that's a key question you have to ask yourself. If you need to see visceral, bloody horror and horrific make-up and cgi directly in your face in order to be scared, then CHERNOBYL DIARIES is not for you.
This is a horror movie that is more for the "What you don't see is even scarier then what you do see" crowd.
I felt like this was a very well-shot, tense thriller. The atmosphere of the film quite effectively isolated and creepy.
The ending is a bit on the weak side, but it doesn't trump the journey to get there.
This is a great little flick to watch in a darkened theatre with a bag of buttered popcorn.
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