Absolutely Outstanding Comrade
- Chernobyl review by PN
I've been an avid lover of Chernobyl documentaries for years, seeing recreations, photos, playing video games featuring Pripyat and have a pretty good knowledge of what went on. This series was simply outstanding at building on the info they had but actually planting the viewer into the situation, giving you an incredible insight into just what it would have been like at the time.
Documentaries don't have that quality a TV drama has. The suspense, the fear, the unknowing, the confusion and sacrifices of the people involved are captured beautifully. It's all in English (as it would be difficult to watch all in subtitles), wonderful cinematography. It focuses purely on what happened without the usual political correctness and casting characters the opposite of reality just for inclusion points. It's raw.
As for technical accuracy, it seems overall to be pretty accurate, I have no doubt scenes have been made up for the storyline to flow and maybe some scientists would take issue with minute aspects but for me, a solid 5/5 for expanding my interest in Chernobyl by slamming me into the heart of it over 5 episodes.
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful.
A Hard Rain
- Chernobyl review by MW
This terrifying, gripping account of the nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986 is presented in astonishingly convincing detail. Jared Harris is the star. He gives a beautifully spoken, understated performance as the nuclear scientist who sees through the tangle of lies and bureaucratic incompetence surrounding the catastrophe and ultimately pays the highest price for his honesty. The human sacrifice - firefighters, miners, soldiers - conscripted to prevent a complete meltdown is jaw-dropping. This is easily the most extraordinary film of the year.
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
Gripping historicall dramatisation of a global disaster
- Chernobyl review by GH
Chernobyl is a compelling dramatisation of the accidental explosion at the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. Gripping, informative and astonishing, the portrayal of the potential global disaster is brilliantly written, acted and produced. Anyone watching it is drawn in to the horror, shock and realisation of how close Europe came to an apocalyptic incident in recent times. The series's depiction of the Soviet political situation and life in general under a communist regime is gritty and realistic and "Chernobyl" captures not only the folly, all encompassing state control and fear but also the stoicism, pragmatism and heroism of people despite that. Frighteningly accurate in its historical detail, with some minor exceptions, the drama is engaging and frightening and keeps the viewer uncertain of the eventual outcome of disaster containment. Absolutely brilliant and thoroughly deserving of its recent accolades and acclaim.
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.