Chernobyl Diaries

For my year-end entertainment, I’m rounding off my “viewing pleasure” with a string of films connected, in one way or another, to my beloved Serbia. The first – Chernobyl Diaries – is not exactly pleasurable.

Shot in Serbia, and produced by Oren Peli (of hugely successful Paranormal Activity fame), it tells the tale of a handful of Americans and other foreigners who go on an only-semi-legal sightseeing trip into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Just for shits and giggles, right? And it all goes downhill from there, obviously.

It’s a found-footage movie, of sorts, but it doesn’t pack in anywhere near the tension or thrills of the PA movies, – maybe because it leaves far less to the imagination, and relies more on gore. Ok, but no cigar.