Friday, 30 November 2012

The Chernobyl Diaries: Blu Ray Review

The Chernobyl Diaries: Blu Ray Review

Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment

In the latest horror to emerge, it's back to Russia we go.

After The Darkest Hour, it seems the area is the new black for horror movies.

A group of four - 2 brothers and 2 girls - are backpacking around Europe when one of them books an extreme tourist trip, run by a former Soviet military guy.

The trip is to visit the deserted village near where Chernobyl melted down...only, when their van breaks down, it turns out it's not so deserted after all - and pretty soon they are all fighting for their lives.

The Chernobyl Diaries is from Oren Peli who brought us Paranormal Activity and while the initial scenes of eerie landscapes and empty buildings do much to build up some tension, everything which plays out after is as predictable as you'd expect.

Lacking any real suspense and any real quality acting, its easy to see why this flick bypassed a cinema release.

While watchable enough, The Chernobyl diaries could have been more effective if it had been a little smarter on the script and a little less predictable on the frights.

Extras: deleted scenes, tourism ad, alternate ending


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