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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

"Chernobyl Diaries" Movie Review

"Chernobyl Diaries" Movie Review

"Chernobyl Diaries" is a movie about six tourists who hire an extreme tour guide to travel to the abandoned city of Chernobyl. Although being warned and restricted from entering the place, the tour guide, Uri still takes the tourists into the city of Pripyat by ignoring the warning.  During their trip in Pripyat , they encounter some mysterious events and soon they discover that there’s some other beings and creatures in that deserted place.

What will the six tourists discover in this abandoned city?

Check out this horror flick this coming Thursday!

 First and foremost, lets’ talk about the overall elements of the film. An abandoned city, eerie silent-hill like setting and it is the production from the creator of “Paranormal Activity”. All these elements make the movie sounds like it’s going to be a great terrorizing horror movie. But sadly, the movie does not live up to the expectation.

The plot of the movie is quite insignificant. It is about six tourists taking on a tour and eventually find out some scary stuffs in the abandoned city of Chernobyl. Then, each of them encounters unfortunate events eventually. Thus, the story is quite normal and nothing new.

About the camera view, it is quite shaky. Indeed, it can let the audience to feel involved into the film itself. However, by having too many shaky scenes, it may cause the audience to feel dizzy.

Despite the weak plot and the shaky camera issue, the acting of the casts is actually not bad. Their emotions are well portrayed. The fear, the anger and etc can be felt via their facial expressions. Thus, their acting is really quite convincing.

On the other hand, the background setting is well set up and does make me feel that it is actually really being shot in the real Chernobyl. The setting also creates an eerie silent-hill like feeling.

There are a few scenes in this movie which can provide the scary factor. However, most of it are quite predictable. The creatures which are causing the scary scenes are not well introduced.

The ending is quite sudden and not satisfying as it does not properly explain what really happens in the deserted place.

What I like about the movie:
  1. Some scary and shocking scenes
  2. Good acting
  3. Nice background setting
What I dislike about the movie:
  1. Insignificant plot
  2. Shaky Camera
  3. Weak ending

This movie deserves a 5.0/10.0!

It is an average horror movie which can create some excitement and shock!

If you are expecting a very terrorising experience, most probably you will be disappointed!
You will most probably leave the theatre in dizziness (due to the shaky camera) instead of in terror!

Special thanks to Nuffnang for giving me the opportunity to watch this film!

(Reviewed by W.L Jack, blogger for

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