Lackluster and Uninspiring
Release Date: May 25, 2012
Starring: Jonathan Sadowski, Devin
Kelley, Jesse McCartney,
Olivia Dudley, Dimitri
Diatchenko, Nathan Phillips,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: Bradley Parker
Executive Producer: Andrew A. Kosove, Richard
Sharkey, Rob Cowan, Broderick
Johnson, Allison Silver, Milan
Propelka, Alison Cohen
Producer: Oren Peli, Brian Witten
Writer: Oren Peli, Shane Van Dyke,
Carey Van Dyke
Address Comments To:Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
The story begins with a young American tourist, Chris, and his girlfriend, Natalie, visiting his brother, Paul, who’s living in Kiev. Also traveling with Chris is Natalie’s friend, Amanda. The group plans to travel to Moscow the next day.
The next morning, however, Paul suggests that they change their plans and go on a day trip with an “extreme” travel agency run by a Russian named Uri. The destination? The town outside Chernobyl, where the Soviet Union’s nuclear plant suffered a radioactive explosion. Chris is reluctant to go, but Amanda and Natalie change his mind.
The four young people get into Uri’s van with two other extreme tourists, Michael and Zoe. Soldiers guarding the gate into Chernobyl, however, refuse to give Uri entrance into the area, even though he’s been making the trip for five years. So, Uri, drives the van through the woods.
Sure enough, the ghost town near Chernobyl proves to be a fascinating trip, even though the group is startled by a bear running through one of the empty, dilapidated apartment buildings. However, when they return to the van, someone or some thing has destroyed the van’s wires, and it won’t start. “Be happy I have a gun,” Uri tells the group.
Later that night, some noises outside cause Uri and Chris to go investigate. Several shots are fired and the group finds Chris with a horribly wounded leg and Uri gone. Things go downhill from there, especially when they discover that there are mutant radioactive humans hiding in the shadows at night.
Once the attacks from the mutant humans begin, CHERNOBYL DIARIES offers very little for viewers except repetitious attacks from shadowy figures. Only some wild dogs and mutant fish provide anything different. One by one, the tourists fall prey to the mutant humans, until the very end. This is mainly why CHERNOBYL DIARIES becomes a lackluster, uninspiring experience. Along with this, the filmmakers insert lots of strong foul language that hardly lets up.
MOVIEGUIDE® cannot recommend or commend CHERNOBYL DIARIES.
CHERNOBYL DIARIES offers very little except repetitious attacks from shadowy figures. Only some wild dogs and mutant fish provide anything different. One by one, the tourists fall prey to mutant humans, until the end. As a result, CHERNOBYL DIARIES becomes a lackluster, uninspiring experience. Along with this, the filmmakers insert lots of strong foul language. It’s easy to avoid CHERNOBYL DIARIES.