Lfirst thing you need to know about Chernobyl, the miniseries license plate HBO and written by Craig Mazin and Johan Renck, is that you will not be able to understand how deeply it will destroy the true foundations of your being until you have the opportunity to see it.

Which, if we like, brings an analogy with the destructive explosion of the Chernobyl reactor n ° 4: however much history has taught us and put before us the horrors that arose, at the time of the facts almost nobody understood what was really happening and what it would have meant for the people involved, even years later.

A breathtaking start

Chernobyl starts with a suicide, as if he wants to make his intentions clear from the beginning: the story he wants to tell you is not simple, it is not easy to digest and you cannot and must not expect a real hero to cheer on up to end.

Valery Legasov (Jared Harris), two years after the Chernobyl explosion, is sitting in his kitchen recording his testimony in full, talking about the responsibility behind the horror of the accident and clearly coming to terms with himself.

“There has been nothing healthy about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened next. Even in what we have done good, everything ... everything ... Madness. "

The photography is spectacular: a frame in which the day gives way to the night, in which the central figures live and do not merge into a set of reassuring shadows, but also full of fear of what is about to happen.

Furious and frustrated by what he saw and took part in, we find an exhausted Legasov who deals with his life. That it is thanks to the pains given to him by the radiation, or to the pain given by the simple passage of time, he has reached the maximum endurance, and the scene ends with his suicide: a new notch added to the list of Chernobyl victims.

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The beginning of the story

From here on, we go back in time to the night of the disaster, but Mazin and Renck have already prepared the spectators for the emotions they will experience throughout the season: there will be nothing simple in the episode that will follow.

Chernobyl is a faithful portrait of what radiation can do to the human body, and the veil of death is felt throughout the episode, like a hand that is slowly descending on the city of Prypjat to incorporate her, and subsequently the world.

The underlying message

Chernobyl seems to want to use the terror of the decay of a radioactive nucleus to measure the strength of the heart of human beings: during the disaster many important men, scientists or even ordinary people shy away from the news by denying its truthfulness, others fall prey to selfishness and rush to lean the blame on third parties, still others try to cover up the truth for the "common good" of politics.

But heroes also arrive, people who sacrifice themselves for the good of the world, digging the contaminated earth exposing themselves to certain and painful death, swimming in waters below radiation equal to those triggered by 400 nuclear bombs.

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The merits of the script

Despite the initial scene and the season finale, the series' narration makes you feel trapped in a nightmare: there is a cloud of poison that no one can see, but which reveals its effects on people's faces, on their bodies that they literally begin to decompose.

Every single character that appears on the screen is a person who is likely to die soon, horribly and painfully.

But what really sets the series apart is the veil of lies, palpable, which gradually turn out to be the true protagonists of the series. The real cause of the disaster, even before the human error committed by the technicians at work on April 26, 1986.

The interpreters

Special mention goes to the performance of the co-stars of the series, Stellan Skarsgård in the role of Boris Shcherbina and Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk.

Stellan he does an excellent job in reporting the difficulty of the politician, firmly confident in the infallibility of the government, to accept the failure and finally the disaster caused by his peers. The stoicism that characterizes him from the first bars slowly collapses with the passage of time, revealing the fallible human nature that governs him, making him at the end of history a man like many others, helpless in the face of radiation that has actually destroyed his land and the people who lived there.

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Emily Watsoninstead, he finds himself completing a different task. In fact, the character of Ulana does not refer to a real woman: the producers, looking for the best method to narrate the disaster to as many people as possible, wanted to give credit to all the scientists and physicists who helped Legasov to limit the damage of the I burst out and bring out the truth ... And they did it by creating the character of Khomyuk, as the only representative of all their voices.

The acting here is also impeccable, and I can only invite anyone who is reading to view the series in the original language to really appreciate its potential.

Technical aspect

La direction she was able, in 5 episodes, to capture the viewer's mental and above all emotional attention in a way that, to be honest, I didn't think possible.

Of great impact was also the colonna sonora, whose sinister noises are nothing but the melodies composed by the cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir , who researched the "noise of radioactivity" by playing directly inside a disused nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

Through his music, the plant ceases to be a simple vehicle, an inanimate building, instead becoming a huge and silent monster that annihilates anyone who approaches it.

"Bridge of Death" manages so effectively to simulate a hypothetical radiation noise to make your skin crawl, while traveling the other tracks you can discover interesting assonances with real tools for the use of radiation measurement ("Corridors" is a superb example).