2012, Bradley Parker -- download
The plot is actually pretty compelling -- some young tourists come to Ukraine to see the brother of one. He is a bit of a pain but fun to hang out with and proves it by suggesting they join his buddy Yuri for a tour of Chernobyl. OK, not the reactor site itself, but at least the city on its edge, Pripyat. It has been over 20 years since the disaster and the ambient radiation has lowered enough to allow a few hours of urban ruin exploration. Of course, things don't go as planned. There are boogey men in the abandoned buildings and you know how well shrieking tourists do under those conditions.
I honestly came at this movie with the assumption they had actually shot it in Pripyat. Tours of the ruins are actually possible but unfortunately, the movie was not shot there. Considering how disappointing the rest of the movie is, this just clinches it for me. The movie is a cliche of scary things in the dark, monsters that can see better in the dark than you can. There are some tense scenes as our main characters wander the tunnels beneath the city but it ended almost as if the screenplay had understood the great premise but had no clue how to actually bring it all to a climax. The most enthralling scenes are actually those through the eyes of the photographer documenting a fascinating ruin, like so many photobloggers have done. But I suppose if I want that, I can actually go to a real gallery of such shots.