3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Had me in tears,
This review is from: Chernobyl Diaries [DVD] (DVD)The film Chernobyl Diaries had me in tears, and not in a bad way! It is easy to see from the absolutely unbearable tension in the film that this film comes from the same creators of the Paranormal Diaries trilogy, as well as the fact that both films are shot on `home-movie' cameras. However, instead of demons from Paranormal Activity (that we actually never get to see) we are now literally faced with monstrous human beings, mutants, affected by nuclear radioactivity. Both films have such an appeal because their characters and settings are so true to life; Paranormal Activity is set in a normal home with normal next door neighbour type characters with creaking doors and ambiguous sounds coming from the house (which we've all experienced at one point!) and of course Chernobyl Diaries is based on a true event - the explosion of a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Russia, 20+ years ago. It is these `realistic' settings that allow the creators to exploit our inner irrational mind-set of `that could actually happen to me...' and in doing so their audience are left truly terrified, particularly in `Chernobyl Diaries.' I recommend this film whole-heartedly but I would never see it again... That should give a clue as to how scary I thought it was. Definitely a film for horror and thriller fans! You won't be disappointed.
Only one criticism. The directors and producers seem to have spent so long in creating suspense and tension (which, again, they've done brilliantly) that they've forgotten to provide us with characters that we actually care about. We seem to fall in love with Katie and Micah from the first Paranormal Activity film, the fact that I've remembered their names is a clue, but in Chernobyl Diaries I can't think of one character who I was rooting for in any way, I just didn't want to be faced with the mutant characters! Not to say that you need a hero or anti-hero to make a film but it would have been nice for a bit more focus to have gone on the dialogue in the film. Instead we are left with a group of (very) stereo-typical American teenagers inter-railing around Europe joking and laughing together in a very `hammy,' fairly annoying, way. But, as I said before, this film seems to be all about the suspense, the tension, and the scares, and not only are they given to us in abundance, they are actually done very artistically. A must see. But only see once..