Pripjats children dance happily around in the snöflingeliknande the flakes from the wrecked nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. The city's inhabitants have been came out into the streets to witness the beautiful norrskensliknande the light that lights up the sky. The scene is the most beautiful and the most terrifying in director Johan Rencks new tv series ”Chernobyl”, which revolves around the nuclear disaster in Ukraine which took place in 1986. It is a powerful metaphor for the huge gap between the illusion and reality in the former Soviet union.
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It is early in the morning on 26 april 1986, and even has the news on what has occurred has not reached the outside world. One by one they are dispatched employees in order to assess the security situation only to come back with glödgande flesh wound after having come into contact with the radiation.
and the fire brigade is called in and soon have also partitoppen in Moscow, with Mikhail Gorbachev in the lead, collected. One of the country's foremost experts on nuclear power plants, Valery Legasov (Jared Harris from ”Mad men,” ”The crown”), and the chairman of the ministry of energy (Stellan Skarsgård, who, unfortunately, mumbling through the entire series) is called to katastrofplatsen to investigate further action. At the same time have a Swedish nuclear power station picked up elevated levels of radioactivity in the air....
For the most part it is the uncertainty that is dramaturgens best tools for creating excitement. Here, it is instead the fact that we sit with the benefit of hindsight that makes the scenario so terrifying. We know what's going to happen with the fire fighter who is sent up on the roof and the woman who allows her strålskadade you put your hand on her pregnant belly.
It is almost unbearable to stay a step ahead of the characters in this way and to witness the infernal stubbornness with which partitoppen refuse to listen to their own experts. It doesn't matter how much they plead for a swift evacuation of the locals.
We know what's going to happen with the fire fighter who is sent up on the roof and the woman who allows her strålskadade you put your hand on her pregnant belly.
All the fear and criticism dismissed only as a lack of faith on the leadership of the party and, by extension, ideology. The moral compass is knocked out along with the reactor and after that it is as if the entire nation suffered from decompression sickness.
and ashamed gaze captures so well the desperation that arises in the encounter with the infinite samvetslöshet. He represents the voice of reason that is slowly worn down by an ever more cynical orders that send people straight to death.
As a scientist, he stands at the same time, powerless to face the reality that these are sacrificial lamb required for the not to great parts of Eastern europe to be destroyed. The soviet collectivist idea makes that there is no shortage of volunteers for this kamikazeuppdrag. To end to and with its demigods, the miners, naked, and digging tunnels underneath the overheated reactor.
Johan Renck (”The last panthers”) has managed to create a compelling historical document that skillfully moves between the emotional drama and an icy cold-war thriller with plenty of space for the evocative, everyday snapshots. It is the screenwriter of ”the Hangover”movies, Craig Mazin, who is behind this project is something of an enigma.
Everything related to casting, set design and mask is utterly brilliant in its consistently brutalism and accuracy of ugliness. A minor criticism is that many of the birollsinnehavarna has a pronounced british dialect that they constantly break the illusion that we are in the former Soviet union. The way of the rest of the ensemble, among others, a livid David Dencik as Gorbachev and a radiant Emily Watson as a belarusian researcher.
the chernobyl disaster is just around thirty years back in time and possibly will the series bring a discussion around how we portray victims of this type of nearby events. The way in which their mangled bodies being exposed, many of them died during the terrible pain that not even morphine could alleviate, is sometimes so intrusive and speculative that it is reminiscent of scenes from a zombiefilm.
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I can't really detach myself from the feeling that something similar would have been impossible if the trauma had happened in Western europe. With this said, there is no doubt that the purpose of the series was to tell you about all of those anonymous men and women who sacrificed their lives to prevent a potentially even greater disaster, and that ”Chernobyl” managed to prepare a place for their story in a completely unparalleled way.