"Chernobyl Diaroes" was a film I was very excited for since the news broke out about it, I've always loved these urban type films so it was no surprise. Yet all my excitement slowly drifted as each minute went on.
I completely forgot that Oren Peli's work consists of the "it's what you don't see" factor and I'm all for that, I love that type of work but it doesn't always work out and can leave audiences frustrated and that's what we have here. I'm not saying I wanted mutated monsters appearing every other scene but we definitely need more action to keep us interested.
My biggest problem was the camera work, I'd love to know if they've ever heard of a steadicam, my guess would be no because the film is shot like a found footage movie even though it's not. Now if it was a Found Footage film it wouldn't bother me, you prepare yourself for that, it has an excuse but when it isn't it becomes very irritating. Maybe they were going for a gritty feel, if that's the case it didn't work.
Ultimately "Chernobyl Diaries" was a great idea that was very poorly executed, it's no surprise it was never screened for critics before it's release. Ultimately it fails to deliver, it's worth a one time watch if you can't think of anything else to watch but nothing more. It's also worth noting that a lot of people were offended by the film-maker's decision to exploit such a huge tragedy and turn it into the breeding ground for a story about evil, flesh hungry mutants, in the end that's up-to you how you feel about it.
If you want to see the "Chernobyl Diaries" trailer then just click on the video below: