Really well made and really tense with a sharp screenplay and a tenebrous look that amps up the dread. The set-up is swift and plausible, the unlucky tourists get right on their way, and before you know it, they’re trapped. The variety of scares, the naturalistic
acting (including former teen idol Jesse McCartney, sortve grown up) and especially the uncompromised ending (bravo Oren Peli!) keep you watching start to finish. The landscapes and buildings that stand for
the former nuclear workers town Prypiat and the reactor buildings themselves are so convincingly evocative I stayed until the very last credits to see where it was filmed. (In Serbia and Hungary) And aspecial mention for one of the best cameos by a wild animal ever. —
Jeff Schultz

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