Earlier this week Chernobyl Diaries hit UK movie theatres at possibly the most inappropriate time. The Amazing Spider Man is still showing and Dark Knight Rises premiered last night in Leicester Square, Chernobyl Diaries obviously has high regard for itself to warrant being released anywhere near these two giant movies that have dominated entertainment news for months! That being said it would be a shame if people didn’t see Chernobyl Diaries because they’re hung up on super-hero movies. Chernobyl Diaries is very different to The Dark Knight, obviously, but because of crowd mentality I can see this taking a box office beating. Rant over!
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.
Chernobyl Diaries Review
We all ‘know’ the story and setting, from one form of media or another, Modern Warfare fans will remember the carnival park from Infinity Ward’s most recent instalment, but it’s not as straight forward as you’d think. Yes there are enough cliched arc’s in there to satisfy every rotten tomato but there are also some genuinely jumpy moments that had the audience gasping. The reason I had to write a Chernobyl Diaries review is because the slamming I can see it will get by pseudo horror fans! Let’s be clear it’s a suspense movie. The suspense is the mainstay in, drawing on quirky ‘horror-esque’ cinematography and an eerie musical score you soon start to tense up at the most innocent of events. The location and reputation of Pripyat does the rest. Do a quick google search of Pripyat (<<or click I link I have done for you!) and you will find dozens of photos of the ghost town that will set the mood of the movie. It’s imposing, menacing and unknown! I wont spoil the movie for those that haven’t watched it yet but I bet you’re thinking, “..ok it’s gonna be like The Hills Have Eyes..” but it isn’t…. I thought it would be a mashup of The Blair Witch Project and The Crazies but I didn’t hit the nail on the head. The cast, I think, fits well with the movie. There is a love story, obviously, a couple of foreign back-packers, a generic guy that speaks broken Ukrainian (or rather what the producers were passing off as Ukrainian), a photographer that snaps some spooky images and an ex-special forces Russian tour guide! A good ensemble and range of diversity. I found myself ordering who’s going to die first but I didn’t even get that right. Despite how obvious this movie seems to be I was surprised by some choices and decisions. Aesthetically the movie looks good. That is mainly to do with the location I suspect and less to do with post-production or editing. It is the grandest most invoking horror flick I have seen in a while, owing to the stunning backdrop or Pripyat and Chernobyl. On the whole this movie was just ‘ok’. It weren’t bad, but nor was it awesome. It had some some good moments but left me asking questions, maybe there’s going to be a followup? If there isn’t I may just write a story to finish this off!
- Cast perform well
- The plot isnt totally hollow
- Production is good!