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2/10
Terrible
85122212 June 2021
Greetings from Lithuania.

"Chernobyl: Abyss" (2021) is a terrible movie. I think that after this disastrously bad movie, Danila Kozlovskiy's carrier as a director will end pretty soon. This movie felt like it took / ripped all from Hollywood movies produced some 20 years ago. It was like a rollecoster of all bad scenes from movie like "Peal Harbor" (2000) and beyond, with quick cuts every second showing and focusing on nothing meaningful for a second.

Overall, skip "Chernobyl: Abyss" and better watch HBO's masterpiece series than this crap. This movie done everything wrong. Even a very talented Oksana Akinshina did not had anything to do in this movie, which says a lot. Its not just a bad film, its a terrible one.
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7/10
Personal and Propaganda
kosmasp3 October 2021
Now I think it is safe to say, that after the HBO drama, there had to be a response or a movie that tried to show things ... a bit differently. Do not try to compare the series with this if you can. The movie will lose out for sure.

Politics are thrown out (mostly, maybe if you are good willing you are able to see some small references) and it is all about the personal journey of 3 main characters - a "family" of sorts. Now I do not know what they were based on and I read there are many things that are anything but accurate. Having said that, if you suspend your disbelief and go with the flow you'll be able to enjoy the movie.

Well enjoy may be too strong of a word. There is enough tension from start to finish - although it does take a few moments ... or an introduction to the characters before it goes on. There are quite a few things that bugged me, but overall the movie worked and I was there with the characters. Again, it will depend how willing you are to suspend your disbelief ... otherwise you may not want to watch this at all.
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2/10
Just hurry up and end!
AgentMosco26 July 2021
Those were my thoughts in the last 40 minutes. This film fails at making any sort of drama, or tension, and you can see clearly where they're trying. Laughed a little bit at some points. And how can they make it so really really boring? So, clearly I'm not a fan at all.
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4/10
Avoid
skniazi724 July 2021
Avoid (not even worth writing more than this).

Pointless.
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5/10
The movie should be retitled Love At the time of Chernobyl
master-darkboy14 June 2021
A formulaic Chernobyl-themed popcorn movie with heavy doses of nationalism, sentimentality and historical inaccuracy that doesn't try or wants to answer the big questions and instead focuses on a sentimental romance and tedious heroic dramatizations. However, if there's one good thing about it, it's Oksana Akinshina's great performance that shouldn't go unnoticed.
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3/10
Soviet Propaganda
Master T21 July 2021
The interesting part of this movie is to see how the Soviets see things as opposed to the western world (which we've seen in HBO's Chernobyl).

All government officials are amazing, helpful and only care about the well being of the country and its citizens. Seems somewhat unbelievable...
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2/10
Sensationalized Propaganda
Alienmoon6 July 2021
It's a shame that Reality was very different and this comes across as Sensationalized Propaganda!

No one cared whether the the brave firemen died in those days, in fact, they knew what would happen to them but ordered them to their deaths,... It was do your Duty to the motherland or be branded a coward.

The whole operation was run by ignorant unintelligent individuals with ignorance beyond belief.
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1/10
Disaster on Disaster...
sachinmini5 June 2021
I saw the chernobyl serial before it and it was so good and to the point and after that i saw this film just making no point at any of the scene...It just ruined everything...A very bad film...I will recommend not to watch and if u really want to know about Chernobyl them go watch the serial ...It is soo much better than this film...Highly disappointed...
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2/10
Disrespectful
totex-127 July 2021
To be honest, I found this movie to be very disrespectful to the actual people who took part in trying to deal with this catastrophe.

Would not recommend.
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3/10
A cheap imitation of the vastly superior HBO Series
fjhuerta-25 March 2022
No spoilers here, but if you want to watch a movie about Chernobyl.. don't waste your time. Every event, and the timeline itself, is fabricated. There's not an ounce of historical truth here, but plenty of made up drama. Skip, and watch the vastly, vastly superior HBO Series.
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7/10
Definitely, not as bad as the ratings suggest !!
madhukar3026 July 2021
I am really astonished at the low ratings for this Netflix version of Chernobyl called Chernobyl 1986. Yes, I have seen the HBO mini series, Chernobyl and loved every bit of it, except for the fact that it was terribly odd to see Ukrainians and Russians speaking in English. Compared to the HBO version head on, yes this one doesn't stand a chance, as the HBO version Sheds more details on the catastrophic events and had a far superior impression on the viewers minds. Chernobyl 1986, focuses on the personal life of a fictional character who plays a major role in containing certain aspects of the disaster.

The problem with Chernobyl 1986 is that, the movie looses about a good thirty minutes in introducing the lead character and his love life. Things get on track when disaster unfolds, it is when things get intense and sometimes even gripping. Lot of other characters are introduced along the way, and the core story moves to, locating and opening a valve near the reactor, though this part was already covered in the HBO series, but still, it keeps the viewers minds interested.

Cinematography is brilliant, with some shots really exceptional. Screenplay is good enough to keep the viewer interested by just telling a human side of the story, than a technical one. Production design, music, costumes and makeup were excellent. Editing is good and the movie has a runtime of 135 minutes. CGI has some good and bad bits equally. Sound design is excellent. Most of the actors play their parts decently with Oksana Akinshina's performance the best among the lot.

Overall, assuming that the viewer has seen the HBO mini series of the same name and knows all the technical details of the disaster, this movie will give you, a further crash course on true blue patriotism, soul touching love, sacrifice, some nail biting action sequences and a lesson on humanity. All these may sound very cheesy, but thankfully Chernobyl 1986 is definitely not, One has to thank its director Danila Kozlovskiy for that. I would recommend this movie to all the people who have watched HBO mini series, for a follow up of things. Watch it if you don't have anything else to do. 6.7 stars out of 10 for a movie that celebrates humanity and love above everything else.
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2/10
Just boring
stopeeper7 October 2021
A movie about the toxic relationship of a young couple, set in the the time of the Chernobyl disaster. Not sure why they even named it this way. The nuclear incident is neither shown in detail, nor historically accurate. It's just a background for this drama attempt.

And I'm not sure what's this criticism about the movie being a propaganda. There were some subtle things, but nothing compared to what Hollywood is doing for half a century already.
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4/10
What could have been ....
drwbonfield8 August 2021
This could have been a great movie... it had all the ingredients. But like the power station it was made on the cheap... there were several parts in the movie where i was completely confused by what was supposed to be happening. The lead character changes his mind more often then i change my pants... he's leaving, he's not leaving, he's volunteering, he's not volunteering.. oh he is volunteering.

But it did make me realize the gravity of the Chernobyl disaster and how close the whole of Europe came to nuclear disaster.
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4/10
Extremely boring
felicity_gr30 July 2021
Had to stop watching the movie at one hour on account of how boring it was. If you haven't seen the Chernobyl series, please go watch that instead.
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1/10
What was the point of this movie?
ssanitta21 June 2021
This movie adds no value to the historic events or anything else for that matter. It was boring and dull. The storyline seemed forced and unwatchable.

The main character was like a bad rip-off of any Hollywood hero from the 80's with no substance.

Waste of time... If it's in Netflix's top 10, it doesn't mean it's good. It just means that there are many people like me who wanted to watch another point of view of the events at Chernobyl, but were heavily disappointed.
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7/10
I don't get all the hate
Gabriel441622 July 2021
First of all this movie isn't at all a copycat of or competitor for the HBO show Chernobyl.

The plot is obviously built around the same real historical event but similarities end right around there.

It has a whole different approach really being not a grand and comprehensive drama about the catastrophe but more a story about a vagabond reluctant to commit to anything learning about dedication, selflessness and sacrifice in the time of hardship and becoming a full fledged hero in the end.

A rather well written character arc.

Now the way the USSR of the 1980's is presented is typical of more recent Russian movies meaning a tad romanticized showing a cleaner, happier, more modern, more free country than it was in reality but not overly so and there is still plenty of honesty and criticism involved in the narrative too.

All in all this is a decent movie, not propaganda and not a rip off.
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3/10
This movie is Abyssmal
alistairc_200015 August 2021
So first of all it is dubbed and dubbed badly. Next up nothing happens for half an hour. Apart from a dude finds his long lost love well for a bit. Then we get to the meat of the movie, will have ever sit up and be a man? Yep that is the main plot as far as can work out. Then the power station goes boom! Is he going to become a man, take care of Mother Soviet Union and his family?

By the time it gets down to the movie you will be thinking, who cares? This is the weak sibling of the TV series. It is not as good as the BBC version either.

The effects are pretty good and there are some good scenes of devastation. The two leads are effective but they do not have much to work with.

So if you have watched Cameron's Titanic you will guess the plot. Take Titanic away and put the power station in and you will have basically the same movie. A love story set among the ruins.

It passes the time but could have been so much better.
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1/10
Seriously?
barrygonion13 June 2021
After the HBO series?

These shoes are hard to fit in, and that's totally not the right size.

The script writers are really bad, the responsibility of the USSR government is almost 0.

Just watch the HBO one.
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1/10
I dpnt have any words..
azizrakhmanov14 June 2021
This movie is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. Don't waste your time and skip this please)
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1/10
A political movie
ReelreviewFORu22 July 2021
If ever there was a movie born out of politics. The Russian reaction to the American HBO series. Really terrible in every sense.
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1/10
To weird and boring...
themaytz24 July 2021
Didn't finish it. Fast forwarded from 30 min. To the end. Pure crap :/

Not sure what story this movie tries to tell. But it's boring.
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1/10
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rosscosjunk21 July 2021
Shortly after the gritty and realistic, highly acclaimed BBC television TV mini series Russia's Government announced that it's country should have created the adaptation or depiction of the events surrounding Chernobyl.

It should not and this movie is why it should not. With an incident as serious as Chernobyl, people want the truth. They aren't going to be eating popcorn. They don't want action and hero's and some funk'd up version of events.

This is an awful movie that has absolutely no respect or regard for the many thousands of victims of Chernobyl, their story or their suffering.

It shows utter contempt for Russia's own fellow countrymen.
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3/10
Bad movie in general, disastrous movie about Chernobyl
imargarel8 August 2021
I am not going to compare it with the HBO series. Taking the movie as it is, it's horribly bad, from so many points of view. Plot, layout, historical accuracy, characters and so on. It's all a big cliche of a movie that fails to deliver the message that the director really wanted to send. The movie makes you feel nothing, not only about the main characters but also about the whole Chernobyl disaster. How can you take such a horrible event and transform it in to a boring story that makes you feel nothing. If you want to watch it, know you'll waste your time. This movie has NOTHING to offer.
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8/10
Disaster in the Grand Style
pgeary600123 July 2021
A modern entry in the time-honoured tradition of classic disaster movies, from The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno through to Titanic and 9/11 movies. The hero is a flawed character who seeks to recreate the past with his old flame a la Jay Gatsby. The Chernobyl disaster disrupts his campaign and forces him to confront his moral shortcomings.

Soviet-era incompetence is not whitewashed and at one point a character is sent to Switzerland for medical treatment because, as Aleksey the fireman admits, "Their doctors are better than ours." All in all, an intriguing look by Russians at one of their country's most horrendous failures.
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1/10
Lowest point of our existence!
nortech1513 June 2021
Calling this a movie and putting it in the same category would insult every other great masterpiece there is. So I'll refer to it as "thing" and "abomination".

This thing is one of the worst humans has ever produce. Lowest point of our existence. Nothing shall ever be worse, nothing shall ever be lower.

This abomination should be deleted from existence, all copies destroyed, every human who has done the mistake of opening their eyes against this thing should be rehabilated to overcome this trauma.
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