From the writer of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, comes Chernobyl Diaries, a self-proclaimed horror film which isn't that horrifying at all.
It follows a group of tourists on a trip to the abandoned city of Pripyat, the former home of the workers from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
The group consists of sensible Chris (played by pretty pop star McCartney), his girlfriend Natalie (Dudley), their friend Amanda (Kelley), Chris's older and wilder brother Paul (Sadowski) and another loved-up couple of backpackers, Michael (Phillips) and Zoe (Berdal).
Despite initial concerns from some in the group about visiting the off-limits city, they hire an "extreme" tour guide and former soldier named Uri (Diatchenko) to bring them in.
The film gets off to a pretty slow start, but everything starts to kick off when the visitors' van is sabotaged. Uri's walkie-talkie fails; then night-time comes and all hell breaks loose - there are vicious, wild dogs, and a little bit of blood.
The group's luck really turns bad when they realise that they aren't the only ones in the 'abandoned' city. But who else is there? Just a bunch of radioactive, carnivorous castaways from Michael Jackson’s Thriller - who you never really get a good look at.
The one thing that this film had going for it was the idea of using Pripyat and the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 to its advantage. However, this aspect isn’t really developed to its full potential. Yes, the film is set there and it forms the backdrop, but that's really it.
There are no surprises here, and it is a story we've all seen before - tourists travelling around Eastern Europe looking for an adventure... Remember Hostel?
Chernobyl Diaries plays like one massive game of chasing. In true horror style, the characters are whittled down, until there is only one left. To quote a classic, who will survive, and what will be left of them?
Apart from the plot being basic, it's also vague at times and the ending is weak. If you are looking for a film that will scare you, this probably isn't the one. There are a few tense moments, where you may jump, but that's about it.