Chernobyl (2019)

(Last Updated On: November 27, 2020)

Title: Chernobyl

Year: 2019

Genre:  | Drama | History | Mini-Series |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime: 64 min / episode

Creator: Craig Mazin

Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Jared Harris,  Emily Watson

imdb 9,710




In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes.



Most know the story about a powerplant causes severe radioactive damage and isolate a town. That town Is later turned to a tourist attraction. The active government that was restrained and did not much during the failed disaster that brought the small society Pripyat on the map. An evacuation was made and forge the main part of what it’s known for – an isolated town.  Yet much is known about this disastrous event that became later the isolated town we’re aware of today.

In a masterful collaboration between British Sky and American HBO, this has been the top event for all new show, this year. It kills every other competition like Game of Thrones, isn’t even close to having what it takes. It’s a simple mini-series that evoke enough emotions from the audience to become one of the best series of all time.

The writing of this show is top-notch, most for the eye of detail and construction of each episode of this mini-series. It’s written like a horror movie but isn’t that. Instead, it’s a true, realistic and immersive on how it manages to keep each of these characters distinctive and powerful. Everyone has a voice and a goal in the series.

A major part of the series is shot in Lithuania and has a context in direction and cinematography that makes you absorb every inch of every frame this show provide. The pilot of this short series is by far the best and brings you to a new world of chaos. A world that makes you gasp for air, get higher blood pressure and not close an eye for those most intense scenes that have the shocking content everyone talks immensely about.

The acting from the main lead, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jared Harris give a chilling performance that doesn’t undercut the quality of the mini-series. With the addition of Emily Watson and Fares Fares, it’s thrilling to watch professional actors, for once, to give a valid performance what is going to launch their career one big step further. Even if I had a hard time to understand each character’s persona, They still make it very entertaining and watchable.

The intensity and the horrifying images that display in front of you as the show progress is strong graphic images and might be troublesome for audiences of not a strong stomach. As you crave for more, the intensity of the show increases to a higher level. It doesn’t fail you in that department as it doesn’t rush but build up to a higher degree of the story. A certain problem that many shows has, in the modern television industry.

By the fifth and final episode, it concludes every storyline in detail on how everything went down. It has the metaphoric touch it needs to make it all feel complete, something not many series managing to do.

Grade 4 of 5

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