"Chernobyl Diaries" is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller "Paranormal Activity." The film follows a group of six young tourists who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme tour guide." Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone...
- Brad Parker
- Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
Avoid a boredom meltdown and give this formulaic scarefest a wide berth.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 05.25.2012
Scattered stretches of suspense and a few undeniably potent shocks are not enough to dissipate the sense of deja vu that prevails throughout Chernobyl Diaries.Joe Leydon, Variety, 05.25.2012
The lack of suspense and surprise in this dispiritingly rote film becomes its own form of contamination.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 05.25.2012
Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.Andy Webster, New York Times, 05.25.2012