Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

logoDirector: Bradley Parker

Writer: Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke (Screenplay) Oren Peli (Story)

Starring: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips, Jonathan Sadowski


Story: Two different groups of friends, one being, Paul (Sadowski) Chris (McCartney) Natalie (Dudley), Amanda (Kelley) and couple Michael (Phillips), Zoe (Berdal). Get a chance to go on an extreme tour of a Chernobyl town where the workers lived. All is going well until they get stuck there and night falls, when they learn they are not alone.


Verdict:  A horror that wants to be a found footage with a normal camera that shakes too much.

Story: I have to hand it to the writers the story on paper is a good idea. However the characters in the film are all act very stupid and takes what could be a good idea and thrown it away. The good idea is so poorly executed here with poor build up, no real explanation to what is going on and cheap scares. (5/10)


Actor Review: Ingrid Bolso Berdal – One half of the couple who does nothing to help anyone, apart from scream too much. Poor, over the top screaming reaction through the whole film. (4/10)

Actor Review: Olivia Taylor Dudley – Long term girlfriend who is enjoying the tour of Europe supporting her friend. Didn’t have much time to do much in the Chernobyl scenes as the group spend most the time looking for her. Unlucky Character Award (4/10)


Actor Review: Devin Kelley – The only character who really has anything to do and does a good job fighting and hiding from the creatures. Strong performance in a film filled with plain performances. Babe Watch Award (7/10)


Actor Review: Jesse McCartney – The long term boyfriend of Natalie who spends just as much time screaming at his brother than he does do anything useful. Poor again adds nothing but another person to look for in the dark. (4/10)

Actor Review: Nathan Phillips – Partner of Zoe this tough Aussie that will turn out to be the smartest character in the film. Good performance as he is the only one who shows a real level of fear as well as being level headed. Favourite Character Award (7/10)

Actor Review: Jonathan Sadowski – The brother who takes his brother and friends to the dangerous place. He is the only character who knows the local language and doesn’t bother using it dealing with strangers. Another poor performance. (4/10)

Director Review:  Bradley Parker – This directorial debut may turn out to be his last as he just doesn’t know where he wants to point the camera half the time, by trying to play they is something in the back ground card. (4/10)


Horror: The first couple of build-up jumps are good and look promising, the rest don’t. (3/10)

Thriller: Suspenseful to start fast forwarded too much too quick too early ruins the build. (2/10)

Believability: The extreme tourism is real but after that no not at all (1/10)

Chances Of Tears: only because you have watched it. (0/10)

Settings: It is a good setting and most importantly original for the horror genre. (9/10)
Oscar Chances

Chances of Sequel: There most likely will be, as too many unanswered questions that can make something out of nothing.

Suggestion: I guess most horror fans will want to see it for themselves but truth be told I wouldn’t suggest even to them myself. (Avoid)


Best Part: it is short so you won’t waste much time watching it.

Worst Part: The stupid characters who go shhh!! And hear a noise and shout for their missing friends.


Overall: A poor horror exploiting a terrible disaster

Rating 35%