The story centers on six travelers who hire an âextreme tourâ guide who takes them into the deserted city where the former workers of the Chernobyl reactor once lived. Once there, they discover that theyâre not alone.
Itâs an actual industry of sorts, taking people into Pripyat for a creepy look around. âYou have to go with an organized tour,â Peli explains. âThey drive you there; you get out and walk around for a couple of hours. The guide knows the safer areas and the restricted areas, and has a Geiger counter to make sure no one veers into a spot with high levels of radiation. âŠ Itâs for people who donât want to just go to museums or look at the countryside from a seat on a bus. They want thrills; they want to risk their lives doing crazy things that 99 percent of the population would be very happy to never do.â
But it was through probing further into the Pripyat mythology that Peli found his premise for the film. âMy research uncovered rumors that a few people had refused to leave, and had stayed behind despite the risks from the high radiation,â Peli explains. âSo that thought, along with evidence of wildlife that roamed freely without human interference, made me wonder just what could happen during an âextremeâ tour of Pripyat.â
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