Me and My Nine Iron

May 25, 2012

Chernobyl Diaries review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 5:43 pm

Seen at a pre-release screening in Hollywood:

I went to the red carpet premiere at ArcLight Hollywood this week and saw this movie on a gigantic screen with a good crowd vibe. And I think we can all agree that that can influence a viewer’s enjoyment of the movie, especially for a comedy or a horror. With that said, I have to disagree with all of the negative reviews. The acting was solid (Jesse McCartney‘s performance impressed me when his character got hurt), the atmosphere was perfect and the story was well-paced. I thought it was a found footage movie, but rest assured, it’s not.

The thing that held it back for me was not its “predictability” or “payoff,” but a lack of closure as well as what was entirely going on and why – even after the movie. Notwithstanding that, it was a fun 80 minutes, and hopefully, you can enjoy it without calling it stupid. As far as the fright meter, it’s definitely not one of the scarier movies you’ll see and not as good as writer-producer Oren Peli‘s Paranormal Activity franchise, but he knows how to make things creepy, which I definitely felt after coming out of the theater. (The end reminded me of Paranormal Activity 3‘s.)

We’re already five months into the year, and this is about the only decent pure

Saw Olivia Dudley (4th from left) in the lobby. She makes a brief appearance in The Dictator as well.

horror movie to come out (I say pure because The Cabin in the Woods is not a pure horror flick) – and none is sure to come out in the summer. You could definitely do a lot worse in what I think is the hardest genre to please, as I had a fun time.

Chernobyl Diaries opens in theaters today.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 5.8
What it should be: 7.3


With McCartney the only recognizable name in the movie, here’s an old favorite from the singer-actor, which now seems like it deserves credit for the advent of Far East Movement’s monster hit, Like a G6.



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