Chernobyl Diaries

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Moonrise Kingdom It’s 1965 in New England, and two young lovers have run away from their homes. They’re twelve years old, and they live on an island, but it’s the thought that counts. Their decision sets in motion a chain of events involving Bob Balaban, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, a scout troop and an impending storm. A spectacular cast isn’t the only thing going for Wes Anderson’s latest film though as he weaves a beautiful, romantic and bittersweet tale complete with a sonderful score by Alexandre Desplat. It’s a sweetly funny visual feast guaranteed to put a smile on your lips and in your ears. [Extras: Featurettes]

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Chernobyl Diaries review

A well-made horror film can be one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences a film buff can experience. If the film manages to hook you in the first act, drawing you into its web of a story, it can then ratchet up the tension, keeping you on the edge of your seat until a thrilling climax. Even lesser horror movies, which, let’s face it, is the category most studio horror films fall into these days, can pull off some of those tricks and treats. While “scary” probably isn’t the right word for it anymore, audiences still have a desire to feel something similar in the theater – a desire to be unsettled perhaps. Unfortunately, Bradley Parker‘s Chernobyl Diaries fails at all of this. The plot of the film isn’t so much a plot as it as a horror movie formula. A group of six guys and gals in their twenties (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Dudley, Devin Kelley, Nathan Phillips, and Jonathan Sadowski) decide to take a trip to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and to Pripyat, the nearby city where the workers of Chernobyl lived with their families. Since this isn’t a normal tourist destination, their guide is a local Ukrainian named Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko), a big, strapping ex-military type. Yuri’s business is adventure tourism for those industrious souls who want to try to kill themselves while in Europe. Obviously Pripyat and Chernobyl are off-limits to tourists, and so the gate and the guards with the […]

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