The ‘Chernobyl’ series, created by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck for HBO and Sky UK, earned the story of the catastrophic reactor explosion the highest rating for a television series on the IMDB website. Now, a year later, the interest and fascination for that historical vision continues to generate impact and comments on networks.
But it was not the only series or movie that have somehow dealt with the disaster. The European trauma of the explosion can be followed even in science fiction series such as ‘Dark’ (2017-2020) and the accident has been present in fiction from the 80s to today, although it has been treated from very different angles and perspectives . From found footage horror movies , to the aftermath of mythical action movie titles, to harsh reflections on the consequences for the population, ‘ Chernobyl ‘ is present in these fictions.
Kolokol Chernobylya (1987)
This film directed by Rollan Sergienko is the first documentary to be shown after the disaster. Filmed a month later, it focuses mainly on the human side of Chernobyl and tells about the heroic work of the workers and the most immediate consequences of the accident. Many of those featured participated in the events firsthand. The quality of the filmed material is rough and rudimentary, but it causes even more impression and sensation of reality when you know that the cause is the radiation itself.
Volki v zone (1990)
This forgotten Soviet film treats the nuclear disaster like a detective story. Roughly translating to “wolves in the zone,” it recounts how the gated exclusion area was filled with hordes of looters looking for abandoned personal property , appliances, or jewelry with nothing to be prevented by local authorities or police except the “Serpico” of the area, a former police captain named Rodionov who stands as the only one trying to prevent chaos.
The Breakup (1990)
Directed by Mykhailo Belikov , it is a tough and angry film that has a lot going for it beyond the nuclear disaster. Through the stories of a journalist and his cheating wife, a couple of newlyweds, a lost little boy, and other characters, it portrays a harsh world in which happy marriages, loyalty, technology, and government are a facade that hides falsehood and misery. An epic odyssey bordering on science fiction that uses the events of Chernobyl in 1986 as a metaphor for moral decline in the Soviet Union.
Chernobyl: The Final Warning (1991)
In the waning days of the Cold War in and a weakened Soviet Union, a television company decided to make a movie about what led to their fate. This Russian-British-American co-production: It’s almost a made-for-television rehearsal for HBO’s ‘ Chernobyl ‘ series. In his 90 minutes he elaborates a detailed chronology of the events, although he directs his gaze to the activity of the American and British doctors who helped the wounded based on the real memories of Dr. Robert Peter Gale . It stars John Voight and Jason Robards .
Land of Oblivion (2011)
Franco-Ukrainian drama centered on the tragedy of Anya, played by Olga Kurilenko, who becomes a widow on her wedding day, April 26, 1986, the day the fourth reactor exploded at Chernobyl . The film focuses on her struggle to continue living, showing the saddest side of the nuclear tragedy. Some of her scenes were filmed in the exclusion zone under the close surveillance of the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency Situations and her story can be seen reflected in one of the subplots of the HBO series.
A drama, directed by Aleksandr Mindadze , set in April 1986, while official reports of the disaster have been withheld and residents of neighboring cities lead their usual lives while breathing radioactive air. The Chernobyl disaster is told from the perspective of Valery Kabysh, a loyal party official, who tries to leave town, reflecting the carefree atmosphere without showing the consequences we already know . Ghostly and critical of the management of the authorities.
Trapped in Chernobyl
Directed by Brad Parker , this found footage horror film follows six young people who decide to go sightseeing in the city of Pripyat. After a brief exploration of the deserted city, the group discovers that they are not alone. Blood, crying, monsters and horrible military experiments in which it is not a particularly bad sample of this type of cinema, but which provoked a reaction from charities related to Chernobyl children for its lack of tact, despite the fact that, seeing the irresponsible influencer tourism that caused the series, works as a visionary spur against the stupidity of visitors .
In this Ukrainian miniseries we follow the love story of Pasha and Alya, who meet in Pripyat just on the eve of the catastrophe. From the melancholic portrait of two teenagers who have no idea what nightmare they have to go through to the story of loss, courage and stoicism in the face of unbeatable conditions, love and death are unleashed in the midst of the epicenter of the explosion, which made it received with very good reviews. Perhaps the perfect human complement to ‘ Chernobyl ‘.
The Jungle: A Good Day to Die Hard
The fifth installment of the John McClane saga is unworthy of taking the title of McTiernan’s film, but it is not without curiosity due to its strange plot, which places Bruce Willis first in Moscow and then in the Chernobyl nuclear plant, where he ends up. with an army of villains and flee from enemy fire from Russian gunships.
One of the craziest TV series anyone has ever seen , Impossible Genre Mix starts out as your typical teen product but ends up touching mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, suspense, road movie, action, disaster, and horror . Five Muscovites in search of a thief who stole all their money and who flees to Pripyat, finding there strange beings, infected dogs, ghosts and even end up time traveling to alternate realities like a USA after suffering a similar nuclear disaster to Chernobyl at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. An absolute bizarre.
In Russia, the point of view on the nuclear catastrophe by the HBO series, which was described by media related to the Kremlin, as a “historical fraud”, did not go down well, so they made their own version and the result is the feature film ‘ Chernobyl: Abyss ‘ whose trailer we presented a few weeks ago and which will follow three protagonists; a firefighter, an engineer and a military diver who will try to contain the radiation while ” descending into hell itself to prevent what could be the most terrifying outcome of the catastrophe .” It premieres on October 8, 2020.