A reactor tower at Chernobyl power station has exploded. The party heads play things down but Valery Kabysh, sometime drummer and now a faithful young party official has seen the panic written on the faces of those in charge and senses that every second counts. The true story of his failed escape.
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V Subbotu matches fearless and dazzling cinematography with equally impressive acting from the lead, unfortunately it's not enough to save a script that seems to fall apart in the second half. Plot holes and unconvincing character choices left me feeling short-changed by a film that seemed to ignore it's carefully crafted world in preference to making a general statement about the Russian condition. 3 stars