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Gossamer thin Chernobyl

Early suspense gives way to mutant attack paint-by-numbers


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Young tourists explore the abandoned town of Prypiat, and discover that something has survived the radiation. A one-line premise stretched to gossamer thinness in Chernobyl Diaries. This shaky horror film, written and produced by Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli, finds several adventurous twentysomethings taking an "extreme tour" of the areas ravaged by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Early goings on are suspenseful enough, but like everything else in the film, it's solely a product of the location. The urban decay of a nuclear ghost town can't not be eerie. But then night falls and the mutants come out and you can pretty much figure out the rest from there. Some might criticize the filmmakers for capitalizing on a tragedy like the Chernobyl disaster, but there's little capital to be found. This is mutant attack paint-by-numbers where the scenery rightfully outshines anything else.

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Chernobyl Diaries

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Director: Brad Parker

Writer: Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke

Producer: Oren Peli and Brian Witten

Cast: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Devin Kelley, Dimitri Diatchenko and Alex Feldman

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