Most excellent scary films are wealthy with subtext. You could study “Psycho” as an Oedipal tale, say, or Henry Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” as a sendup of insatiable consumerism. “Chernobyl Diaries”? You could possibly consider it a caution about atomic energy, but it’s really about the risks of looking for experience abroad and relying on former Soviets. But please, never provide that much believed.
We’ve been on identical tours: “Turistas” placed adolescents to their fatalities in Brazil; “Hostel” tormented them in Slovakia. “Chernobyl Diaries” follows six tourists — the delicate Bob (the cherubic pop celebrity Mark McCartney); his sweetheart, Natalie (Olivia Taylor Dudley, unfocused); her sensible companion Amanda-b (Devin Kelley); Chris’s impetuous sibling, John (Jonathan Sadowski); and a several they fulfill, the Norwegian Zoe (Ingrid Bolso Berdal, underused) and the hippie-ish Australia Eileen (Nathan Phillips) — on an “extreme travel” trip in Ukraine to Pripyat, the decayed city beside the shuttered Chernobyl atomic reactor.
Their information, Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko), says Pripyat was remaining behind during Chernobyl’s well known problems in 1986. He’s wrong. Terrible pets and holds hunt the property, as do furtive, balding, predacious humanoids fleetingly seen in deeply darkness. (Actually, it’s difficult to get a excellent perspective of many elements in this image, thanks to its unrelentingly unsettled hand-held photographic camera.) Standard-issue category components (dank staircases, lights, cloudy air, freezing windows) abound; excitement are gentle and few.
The tale for “Diaries” comes from Oren Peli, of the “Paranormal Activity” mind believe in, and like that series, it toys and games with viewers’ objectives, but without the sensation of perform. The “Paranormal Activity” films never teem with metaphor, and neither does this movie, instructed by Kaira Parker. The unique “Night of the Residing Dead” remaining you with a lot to eat on, so to speak; “Chernobyl Diaries” just results in you sensation clear.
“Chernobyl Diaries” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for strong language. Gore levels are strictly PG-13.
Opened on Friday nationwide.
Directed by Brad Parker; written by Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke, based on a story by Mr. Peli; director of photography, Morten Soborg; edited by Stan Salfas; music by Diego Stocco; production design by Aleksandar Denic; costumes by Momirka Bailovic; produced by Mr. Peli and Brian Witten; released by Warner Brothers Pictures. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
WITH: Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Zoe), Dimitri Diatchenko (Uri), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Natalie), Devin Kelley (Amanda), Jesse McCartney (Chris), Nathan Phillips (Michael), Jonathan Sadowski (Paul), and Milos Timotijevic (Russian Check Point Guard).