Rated: R for violence, some bloody images and pervasive language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 25, 2012 Released by: Warner Brothers
Travelers looking for an extreme adventure sign on for an adventure in Chernobyl, Russia of all places. In case you have forgotten that is the location of the World's worst nuclear meltdown twenty-five years ago. They quickly find the vacated site is not completely without inhabitants.
The idea of visiting the quarter of a century vacant Chernobyl location which is at the mercies of natural growth has some intrigue particularly to horror film fans. Some of what might be expected in interesting; the overgrowth of bushes, the peeling paint and crumbling construction appear worth investigation and they increase our curiosity about this condemned location.
Uri (Dimity Diatchenko) the special tour guide easily finds an unguarded gate which has rusted away to enter the forbidden zone of Chernobyl. The film is now ready to scare the heck out of the audience. But hold on, director Bradley Parker and his script writers are not willing to take the time to develop the young characters to the extent that we at least care if they die. In fact the script is so cavalier about the incidents to reduce the cast it appears that the entire exercise is a game being perpetuated by one of the guys.
Dogs die of starvation but bears thrive and fish become distorted and Piranha like. No fence surrounds the abandoned property so why would the dogs stay, why would any of the animals and whatever else is there stay if there is a way out.
So we have a small group of people stuck in Chernobyl with radiation and darkness coming on and a vehicle with the distributor wires pulled out. Here is where each makes a stupid mistake; Uri heads out with a gun as the group huddles in the van. With one brother following shots are heard Uri is gone and the brother returns with a mangled leg. From there on they each head out and get picked off. Is this like Ten Little Indians? No, it has the potential be frightening in the dark caverns of the abandoned city, but who cares, we don't know the characters and what we see is not that easy to warm up to.
Attacks on the van and other locations are noisy blurs so we really don't know what is happening by whom and to whom.
If we have the choice of traveling where we want to why would we go to Russia and especially to its greatest failed city, Chernobyl.