Movie Review: Chernobyl Diaries (2012, Dir. Bradley Parker)

Chernobyl Diaries is a terrible bore. There’s really nothing more I need to say about it. But I’ll give it a go anyhow and rant a bit.

The film is about a group of four young boring white people in Ukraine. They are traveling, partying, and being uninteresting, when one of them says he has met a tour guide offering a day of “extreme tourism” to the abandoned city of Prypiat, located next door to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that catastrophically exploded in the 80s, contaminating the surrounding area with radiation. They passively agree to go with the guide and a couple other tourists. The van breaks down, blah blah blah, something scary lives in the city, whatever. It’s directed by first time director, long time special effects guy Bradley Parker, and produced by Oren Peli of Paranormal Activity fame. Oren’s name is all over all the advertising too, so I’m sure you already knew that.

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