"Lackluster and Uninspiring"
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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.
(PaPa, B, LLL, VVV, S, A, M) Strong pagan worldview with some moral elements; at least 97 mostly strong obscenities (mostly “f” words), three uses of Jesus, eight light profanities, and an obscene gesture is used for laughs; some brief very strong shots of bloody wounds but violence is mostly scary and suspenseful rather than really gory, with shots heard and flash of shots seen, man returns with bloody leg wound, carcass of dog found, running bear suddenly comes out of nowhere, mutated humans attack and grab people but not much is ever seen of them, small mutated humans drag woman away, people run from mutated humans, people run from wild pack of dogs, mutant radioactive people attack people through tunnels leading to abandoned nuclear power plant, radioactive burns of people faces and hands, man’s bloody body found with about two quick close-ups of same, mutant fish attack man in water, man pretends to be attacked to scare his clients, man shot, woman in dark room finds herself surrounded by crazed mutant people before camera cuts away; no sex scenes but very light innuendo when passionate kiss leads man’s brother to tell him and brother’s girlfriend to get a room and man says the girls in Russia are very beautiful and very easy; no nudity but some female cleavage; some brief alcohol use; no smoking; and, van cables are destroyed so tourists can’t leave and crazy people win.
CHERNOBYL DIARIES is a lackluster, uninspiring scary movie about young adventurous tourists being attacked by mysterious mutants at the location of the old Soviet Union’s nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The violence isn’t as gory as other movies of its kind, but there’s more foul language.
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.
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