Chernobyl Diaries: Not Scary
Devin KelleyDimitri Diatchenko...
In 1 Cinema
Jesse McCartney – remember him? – stars alongside some other cute, perky people as your regular horror film sacrifices. Character-wise, there isn’t much more to them than their looks and as a result you don’t really care when they get mangled or disappear. Of course, another reason for this is that you don’t really see much onscreen gore or violence either. You see trails of blood, the survivors looking scared then a split second shot of a bloody corpse, or a shot of a hacked-up body taking its last breaths. If you’re keeping track, this is a horror film, with no tenseness, no gore and no violence. What’s left you ask? Basically a continually-shrinking bunch of tourists running around trying to find their way out of a Ukrainian ghost land. Fascinating.
On the plus side, the locations look really bleak, creepily so, and the film isn’t overly reliant on shaky cameras, i.e. it won’t be giving anyone a headache. The actors are bland but pleasantly so and the ‘extreme tourism’ thing has potential should a sequel surface – God forbid.