Spotified friends, post your 2013ish jams. (Apologies to “Closer” and “I Should Live In Salt” but I wanted one song per artist for brevity’s sake.)
If you shop Thursday or Friday you are part of every employee leaving their families and every person who is hurt. Stop being stupid.
This is the worst kind of movie. Blessed with a clever idea and the perfect setting “Chernobyl Diaries” utterly fails to find anything to do with either. It stands as a sad testement to mediocrity and how much worse of a state that is than simple ineptitude or badness.
The film was create by the same production team behind the massively successful “Paranormal Activities” series. I have only seen the first one of those films but it was clever and tense in ways this movie doesn’t dream of. I stand right by that last bit of sentance there, this movie doesn’t dream. It is as if the film makers came up with a setting, in this case the long abandoned town nearest the Chernobyl reactors, and a profitable budget and went from there. The is zero inspiration beyond that and that lack of passion is all over the screen.
For me, the profitable margain and amazing location should be safe enough bets to go crazy. The film does do a nice job of recreating to town of Pripyat (google images for a haunting feeling) and there ends my praise. Even the weak acting and horrid script could be forgiven if the scares had gone for broke. Instead we can’t even get a proper jump scare in a scene where both the camera and a character gaze desperately out of a van window. We know someone or something is coming to slap against the window, and we still expect to jump and laigh at ourselves. Nope. No jumps here.
This film dies because it had all the room in the world to explore this setting, all the space to put some clever or soulful discussions into the dialoge. Don’t the writers have anything to say about tradgedy turned to tourism? If not, couldn’t the writers find some bit of personal story to add to these characters? Do none of them have anything to add to this? Given a can’t miss concept and some sadly creepy set design this movie should have been a green light to experiment, have fun, go nuts. Instead we get badly timed jump scares, dark tunnels, screaming and stupidity. There is nothing worse that wasted freedom, creative or otherwise. Not worth the time.
I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
traveling, traveling, traveling
Looking for something, what can it be?
Oh i hate you some, I hate you some
I love you some
I love you when I forget about me
I want to be strong I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living
Alive, alive, want to get…
My mom used to listen to this record over and over. ”Blue”, motown and the Beatles where pretty much my musical sustenance until I started to look for my own. I haven’t heard this song in years, maybe a decade or more, and the melody comes right back with the words and Joni’s delicate phrasing. Lovely.