A 5-part Miniseries

DVD - 2019
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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. This gripping 5-part HBO miniseries tells the powerful and visceral story of this event and its aftermath


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sjpl_javier Mar 25, 2020

This docu-series showcases the consequences of "saving face" and the penalty for "whistle-blowing" in authoritarian governments.

If you are tired of watching contagion-type movies but still want to see the effects of terrible leadership during a national crisis, watch this gripping story based on true life events.

Mar 09, 2020

This well produced docudrama is graphically obligatory in its realism as an historically accurate portrayal. The intimate details presented within the vast scope of "Chernobyl", deftly elucidate the complexities that led to the original disaster.
More than a depiction of technocratic irresponsibility, it is also the true story of how the faintest glow of humanitarianism still managed to project itself through the blackness of the Communist state...and illuminate the hope that truth...
.....can no longer be locked away as an abject threat to "the Peoples will".

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 07, 2020

This is a very well executed show but I found it very difficult to watch. It is disturbing, chilling, disillusioning, sad and so, so bleak. Phenomenal acting and film production but pretty graphic and disturbing to watch.

VaughanPLDavidB Mar 06, 2020

It is truly chilling to know that we were so close to a nuclear holocaust that would have ended the lives of 60 million people. I feel fortunate indeed to be here to write a comment on this docudrama.

Mar 06, 2020

Haunting. Brilliantly written, produced, and executed. Horrifying and absolutely necessary on so many levels. I wasn't sure that films this good of much scale could be made anymore, certainly not with its profound and resounding cautionary messages in the face of the currently burgeoning zeitgeist in the West.

Prepare yourself for a powerfully visceral experience that is loaded with some meaty cerebral offerings for those with the teeth. Monumental and unforgettable.

Feb 29, 2020

Very good docu-drama on the only major nuclear accident in history. It explains that it was operator error, but more importantly, poor design of Russian and other communist country nuclear design to SAVE MONEY. Too bad we can't rely on nuclear power to slow global warming because every time we shut own a coal power plant...China and India open 10 to 100 more to supply power for their people.

Feb 29, 2020

This is the most shocking horror I have ever witnessed in a television show or film. There is a lesson here, but the real question is, will we ever learn from it? Nuclear is the dumbest thing we humans have ever invented. It's time for us to move on. Cold fusion anyone?

Feb 23, 2020

This series is good because there are concerted efforts, in some films, to convey the notion that nuclear power is not as dangerous as it is, and that its effects don't last long. This film puts a critical stance to those who believe nuclear power will solve the world's problems. Nuclear radiation in any form and for any purpose is lethal (anti-life).

Feb 17, 2020

Chernobyl may be one of the best television programs ever produced.  In many ways, as the gripping and occasionally grisly story of a courageous truth-teller attempting to cope with official Soviet self-deception, it recalls another HBO production, the underrated Citizen X, made two decades earlier.  Yet it is superior in virtually every way, as the standards of made-for-cable features have risen significantly since then.  Not only does Chernobyl take place on a larger scale with a bigger cast, more impressive special effects, and higher stakes, it somehow also manages to be considerably more subtle, shedding light not only on the hidden costs of a society built on lies, but, most unexpectedly, the limits of both science and politics.

mazinwhistler Feb 10, 2020

This 5-part miniseries is a fabulous recount of the Chernobyl disaster that took place in 1986. Admittedly, it took me to getting through the first two episodes to start enjoying it as they are so disturbing because of the way things played out in during the immediate aftermath of the incident. The lies and cover ups while people are essentially being sent to their deaths (firefighters to name a few) as they deal with the immediate problem are pretty hard to take but even harder to stomach are the civilians who come out to watch the disaster unfold and without knowing put their lives at risk. It is a story of courage for there are many who stood up and spoke out to ensure that proper measures were taken to deal with the problem properly. Brilliant filmed and well worth watching.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it... all of it, madness.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Archive photos shown on screen as the music Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory) plays during the postscript at the end of final episode:
Valery Legasov
Various scientists who participated in the battle to clean up Chernobyl (Ulana Khomyuk was createdto represent them all)
Boris Shcherbina
Images from the actual trial
Anatoly Dyatlov
Valery Khodemchuk
Abandoned rooms in Pripyat
The Bridge of Death
The miners
The interior of damaged reactor building 4
Pripyat from above (2 miles away from the nuke plant with almost 50,000 people in 1986)
... and more.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Like many peoples living in perpetual civil wars, long famines and subjects of ruthless dictators, an old woman who had lived through many hardships was ordered by a soldier to evacuate:

I'm 82. I've lived here my whole life. ... You're not the first soldier to stand here with a gun. When I was 12, the Revolution came. Tsar's men, then Bolsheviks. Boys like you marching in lines. They told us to leave. No. Then there was Stalin and his famine, the Holodomor. My parents died. Two of my sisters died. They told the rest of us to leave. No. Then the Great War. German boys, Russian boys. More soldiers, more famine, more bodies. My brothers never came home. But I stayed, and I'm still here. After all that I have seen... so I should leave now, because of something I cannot see at all?


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