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Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, 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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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

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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When the group is in London in the beginning of the film, Amanda say's they're at the Tower of London. But if you look behind her, you can clearly see that it is not the Tower of London but in fact Tower Bridge. See more »


Chris: I swear to God, Paul, it's a fucking hazard having you as a brother.
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Great Idea Poor Execution
27 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This COULD have been a great film. The idea behind it and the setting builds tension and the first half of the film isn't bad. The second half lets it down. Poor cinematography means half the time you have no clue whats going on. Many of the shots are just to dark to be able to see around the characters leading to confusion as to what exactly is going on. The ending is also half done. It was like the writers just shoved it in there as an extra with no thought.

Its sad because its well acted and has some good startle scares unfortunately most of these are in the trailer.

Wait for the DVD,

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