Film Review: Chernobyl Diaries
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The tagline of Chernobyl Diaries is ‘They said nothing survived. Something did’, and from the outset the premise is obvious: beautiful, stupid Americans go on an adventure to a scary, scary place. They quickly get themselves into the proverbial faeces through sheer unmitigated arrogance. And pretty soon they’re running around in circles, and (can you guess?) discovering that there’s something alive out there! What ensues, despite this, does have the potential to be genuinely terrifying: a ghost town littered with formidable Ukrainian graffiti and faded Communist party propaganda, lives abandoned without warning (“the people didn’t even have five minutes”, says less than reliable tour guide Uri), and radiation sickness causing all manner of deformed humanity. But it isn’t. It isn’t terrifying at all. It isn’t even vaguely scary. And it so, so easily could have been.
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