Chernobyl: Zone of Exclusion
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|Chernobyl: Zone of Exclusion|
|Created by||Vitaliy Shliappo |
|Directed by||Anders Banke|
|Starring||Konstantin Davidov |
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Producer(s)||Alexander Dulerain |
|Running time||44-50 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||CineLab Production|
|Original network||TNT and TV3(Russia)|
|Original release||October 13th, 2014 –|
December 1, 2017
Chernobyl: Zone of Exclusion (Russian: Чернобыль: Зона отчуждения, translit. Chernobyl': Zona otchuzhdeniya) is a Russian mystery, thriller, drama TV series that focuses on five friends going to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to return stolen money. There they come across the dangers and mysteries of the Zone. This is the first feature film, which was partly filmed in Pripyat.
The action of the series takes place in two time layers: in 2013 and in 1986, on the eve of the Chernobyl accident. The main characters-five friends: Pasha, Alex, Nastya, Anya and Gosha.
The next morning after the party Pasha to his home comes a system administrator to repair the network. While friends are sitting in the kitchen, he takes the money from the safe and runs away. Noticing the loss, the heroes set out on the Volga in pursuit of the robber to Pripyat and randomly you first get into the many incredible situations, and then be in the past. The exclusion zone is represented in the show an independent character, with its own logic and intentions.
Ultimately, Pasha manages to change the future, and he finds himself in an alternative 2013 year, where the Soviet Union did not disintegrate, and all the events after the accident at the nuclear power plant occurred in the United States, which turned into the Severed States of America, but his friends has been killed by Sergei Kostenko, the captain of KGB.
The action of season 2 continues the events of the last series of season 1 and unfolds in two alternative versions of the countries: the USSR and the United States, which became the SSA (Separated States of America), in which August 7, 1986 there was an alternative version of the accident at the nuclear power plant "Calvert Cliffs" instead of Chernobyl and there is a new Civil war.
Pasha would have to gather his friends, who have changed, go back in time and return to their seats. Also, they are joined by a mysterious Nikita in a mask, under which he hides his mutilated face.
The characters will visit several time layers, starting in 1956 and ending with an alternative year 2013.
Filming began on September 30, 2018. The premiere is scheduled for October 19, 2019. According to the actors, the film will complete the whole story.
- Konstantin Davidov as Pasha - a 18-year-old boy from Moscow who was robbed and now heads to Pripyat with his friends to return the money.
- Sergey Romanovich as Alex - Pasha's best friend who often bullies Gosha and often jokes at an inappropriate moment. He is Nastya's boyfriend. In the alternate reality, he is shy and insecure but later regains his character back.
- Valeria Dmitrieva as Nastya - Alex's girlfriend who is often annoyed by her boyfriend's inappropriate jokes. In the alternate reality, she is originally Gosha's girlfriend but later returns to Alex due to the latter's revealed courage and inner strength.
- Anvar Khalilulaev as Gosha - a clever but yet frightened teenager. He and his group took his grandfather's car to get to Pripyat. In the alternate reality, his father is a high-ranked politician in the Moscow city council, which makes the boy more arrogant and spoiled. Portrayed as a cowardy and shallow, he shows true bravery and loyalty to his friends in tough times.
- Kristina Kazinskaya as Anya - a girl who joins the group to go to Chernobyl so as to find out what happened to her sister. She was originally from Chernobyl. In the alternate universe, she works as a flight attendant on a Sovaero (alternate Soviet airline) airplane.
- Yevgeny Stychkin as Sergei Kostenko - a KGB Captain (1986), Major-General of the Federal Security Service of Russia (2013)
Reception and ratings
The series was a big success. The viewership among audiences between 14 and 44 years was 28,4 % in Russia. The audiences between 18 and 30 the series took up 34,9 % of viewership. The ratings overtook those of the fourth season premier of Kitchen.
On the first week of uploading the series to the Russian site Rutube, it gained more than 6 million views, a new record. Critical reception was also very positive. The series holds a rating of a 7.2 on KinoPoisk and an 8.4 on Imdb. The magazine "Hello" ranked it as one of the 12 best Russian TV series from fall 2014.