What Is ‘Chernobyl 1986’ Documentary All About? Check Reviews, Cast, Trailer, Synopsis, and More

What Is ‘Chernobyl 1986’ Documentary All About? Check Reviews, Cast, Trailer, Synopsis, and More

We are all aware of Chernobyl Nuclear disaster in Russia. On April 26th, 1986, the world witnessed one of the most bizarre nuclear explosions, which was worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When comparing the two atomic explosions, the Chernobyl explosion released 400 times more radioactive material into the Earth’s atmosphere than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. A lot of films, documentaries, and television shows have been made on the Chernobyl catastrophe like Chernobyl Diaries and HBO’s Chernobyl. Now, Netflix is stepping up to give us more content on the same topic.

After so much content already out there, Netflix has finally opened the gates to Chernobyl 1986. The Netflix film explores a firefighter’s life. After reuniting with his lost love, he retires to start a new life. But the Chernobyl disaster stabs back in danger again. The film has received a lot of mixed reviews. It will be not an easy ride for the audience. The film is dark, emotional, and has a lot of disturbing sights.

In 2019, the film was known as Chernobyl: Abyss, and currently on Netflix, the title reads Chernobyl 1986. 

Now, let’s explore more about the film.

Netflix’s Chernobyl 1986 release date

The film Chernobyl 1986 was released in Russia by Central Partnership on April 15th, 2021. Later, the film was picked up by Netflix on July 21st 2021. The film is still streaming on Netflix.

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Who all are there in Chernobyl 1986?

Danila Kozlovsky played the lead role of Alexey Karpushin. The other cast includes:

  • Oksana Akinshina as Olga Savostina
  • Filipp Avdeyev as Valery “Valera” Goncharuk
  • Ravshana Kurkova as Dina
  • Nikolay Kozak as Colonel Boris Bobylin
  • Maksim Blinov as Nikita
  • Igor Chernevich as Tropin
  • Artur Beschastnyy as Mikhail Stysin
  • Samvel Tadevosian as Tigran
  • Dmitry Matveyev as Yura Kondratyuk
  • Aleksandr Alyabyev as Ivan
  • Nikolay Samsonov as Kolya
  • Pavel Davydov as Semen
  • Nikita Karpinsky as Dmitry

Is there a trailer for Chernobyl 1986?

Chernobyl 1986 on Netflix Official Synopsis

The plot develops around Alexey, a firefighter. Alexey fought hard to find peace in his personal life and has his own personal demons harboring within himself. Just when he is struggling with himself, Chernobyl happened and changed his life forever.

Just after applying for resignation, Alexey thought about starting a fresh life. When he was about to leave his past life, the explosion happened at the power plant. He decided not to run from the disaster. Instead, he starts a fire truck and runs towards it.

Critics reviews on Chernobyl 1986 (Netflix)

The film has scored 5/10 on IMDb. There are no critics scored on Rotten Tomatoes and for the audience score, the film has a score of 20%.

According to AIPT, “A flawed movie that tries to tell a personal tale surrounded by a large tragedy. There are some moving moments, but the lack of strong characters is noticeable.”

Ready Steady Cut claims, “The part I love so deeply is the attachment of the human psyche to the movie’s overall theme. The standout thing in Chernobyl 1986 is its action sequences. The raw and realistic action sequences capture the utter madness of the disaster with the help of Kseniya Sereda’s energetic camera movements, and with the complementary background score by Oleg Karpachev, creating the atmosphere of the entire setting. I found parallels with the opening visuals of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, with some of the scenes of action and tension.”

RBC explains, “A long and predictable exposition is suddenly crowned with the first action scene: The hero rushes toward the fire, dead birds fall from the sky, the green forest turns red and the people turn grey. This scene shakes the viewer up and illustrates why camerawoman Ksenia Sereda will soon begin filming a blockbuster series for HBO.”

So, will you be watching the movie? Let us know in the comment section.

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