Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 86 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 16+. The movie straddles the line between what teens are used to because of video games, zombie TV shows, and the like, and really gratuitous violence. In the final third of the film, things get very bloody and very grotesque, but the film is more suspenseful and creepy than exploitative. There’s also cursing, sexual language, and some kissing.
‘Chernobyl Diaries’ takes a very creepy location and, for the most part, does very creepy things with it. But as the final third of ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ ratchets up the violence, it also sinks into horror movie clichés that you would hope could have been avoided.
By Roxana Hadadi
Large groups of people disappearing is always an uneasy, terrifying, and suspenseful thing. Abandoned towns, amusement parks, colonies—places that were once bustling centers of the community, turned into dusty reminders of yesterday, are not happy locales. And in that way, “Chernobyl Diaries” has a perfect setup: What happened to the people of Pripyat, Ukraine, the town evacuated at the beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986? Where did they, many of them workers at the reactor, go? Did anyone stay behind? And if they did … what did they become?