Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
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The basic plot is not bad if you can get past the fact that this is The Hills Have Eyes in Russia. The locations are great and full of potential and while the movie offers up some tension and mild scares, I cannot see past the fact that this could have been so much more. Instead of pedestrian it should have been riveting. However, plus points to the director for not piling up the gore and monster mayhem.
So torn on this film. On one hand, the atmosphere throughout most of the film is riveting and truly eerie, yet the story and characters, thin and uninspired. Still, I was surprised at the capability of Jesse McCartney as an actor.
Certainly nothing groundbreaking, but it's still a creepy creature feature. It definitely has a scary setting. The buildup during the first half is very tense. The characters are pretty thin, as is the norm for this sort of film, but they weren't bad characters. For a creature feature in 2012, I gotta give this movie credit for being scarier and a whole lot less pretentious than 'Prometheus'.