A Movie Review on “Cherobyl Diaries” and…Stuff

I so totally got my cousin into horror movies. Surprisingly enough, the gateway movie was Paranormal Activity. Anyway, she wanted to go see¬† Chernobyl Diaries, a particularly intriguing background setting and plot for a horror flick. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a short summary of Chernobyl’s infamy:

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.
(Wikipedia)

So onto the movie. The trailers led me to believe that this was a ghost story, but it is most certainly not. Think Resident Evil, minus the action and special effects. While the initial plot behind the whole movie is pretty cool, I thought the actual sequence of events was pretty lame, as was the ending. Personally, I would have been more content with a ghost story.

Also, you sort of have to piece together what’s going on, it never fully explains much of anything. While I get the gist of everything, there’s still a lot that was left unexplained that I would have liked elaboration on. I’ll probably leave this at a 6/10, because let’s face it, there are a lot of horrible Horror movies out there, and this one was a lot better than the crap I’ve watched. Still, besides the whole ‘pop out and scare the Sh*t out of you’ factor, there isn’t really much scariness to this.

Here’s the trailer:

And then, while I searched for that link, I found this:

Added it to my ipod. New favorite song. Speaking of songs, are you ready to feel the jealously? Yeah, because I went and saw Yanni live. That’s right…you have no idea what I’m talking about, do you? Well, educate yourself. Oh, and here’s a tidbit.

And for finally making it to the end, here’s your prize. An awkward photo of me and my cousin.

Slainte~

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It’s What It Is: Movie Review on Devil

I remember wanting to see this movie so badly when it first came out…I think it had something to do with the goth phase I went through. Anyway, I finally got to see it (I know, I know, two years late), and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t really all that great either. Here’s a small synopsis:

Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of “The Night Chronicles,” a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a sudden detour into terror when the elevator becomes stuck between floors, and the passengers discover that the Devil does exist, and he’s standing right before them. As emergency workers work frantically to free them, secrets are revealed and the passengers realize their only hope for survival is to confront their darkest sins in front of the others.
(Jason Buchanan, Rovi)

Thank you, Rotten Tomatoes. I didn’t really care for the characters, they were pretty boring and there were a lot of relationships left sorta unresolved. I did, however, enjoy the intro and ending narration. I also thought the confrontation scene with the devil was cool-the way they portrayed him was something along the lines of “Yeah, I’m a bad-ass immortal being. Deal with it”.

Oh, and on a Katie-note, I loathed the soundtrack. I think that was the most unoriginal part of the movie, in my opinion anyway. I’d probably only give the movie a 5/10.

On another note, has anyone noticed this?

If so…

WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME? I mean, NPH as Nightwing? Jensen Ackles (that’s right, one of the J^2) as Red Hood? Two amazing actors as two of the Robins? I don’t think this movie could be any more awesome. The movie, by the way, is Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Slainte, viewers~