A group of friends visiting Russia hire a tour guide to take them on a forbidden journey: exploring Pripyat, a city that has been abandoned since the Chernobyl disaster. There they find that maybe Pripyat isn't a ghost town after all. This is a nice little horror film I pulled from The Stash to have a second look at (I originally saw it in theatres) and I still enjoy it. The scenery and "dead" town give it a very grey feel, and the night scenes are effective as well. There are some scares here and there--one scene in particular made me jump, but I am deathly afraid of bears, so it may not have the same effect on others--and the movie does a good job of putting you in the scenes with the characters.
There is a little gore, but there is nothing over the top about it in this film. For the most part the acting is decent, with the exception being Jesse McCartney--this guy's acting is beyond bad. Naturally, there are moments when you roll your eyes at some of the things the characters do, but it's nothing that takes too much from the film. The end is pretty good, and the reveal of the Pripyat denizens is acceptable--it's nothing new or exciting, but cool nonetheless. Chernobyl Diaries is no horror masterpiece, but I do enjoy it and give it a mild recommendation.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7