After the unprecedented success of Game of Thrones, HBO once again demonstrates the quality of its productions with Chernobyl (2019), a new mini-series that describes the events of the most serious nuclear accident in history.
Co-produced by HBO and Sky, Chernobyl was created by Craig Mazin, known for having written comedy films such as Scary Movie 3 (2003) and The Hangover Part II (2011). Mazin amazed the world with the quality of his scripts for the 5 chapters that make up the miniseries, all directed by the Swedish director Johan Renck, whose work includes episodes in Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Bates Motel.
Chernobyl offers a journey through the events, causes and consequences of one of the most important moments in our history, whose consequences are still alive today. The series makes a heartbreaking description of the magnitude and severity of the event, allowing us to see the highest levels of the Soviet government through very well-developed characters and to know the pain of the people through a make-up worthy of prizes.
The slow progression of Chernobyl creates a narrative tension handled masterfully by the cinematography. The uniformity of the Soviet architecture shines with non-saturated visuals and a captivating soundtrack, generating a highly appropriate atmosphere for both the theme and the format.
The success of Game of Thrones seemed difficult to repeat, but HBO gave us Chernobyl, a technical masterpiece that makes it one of the best proposals in terms of series and movies of 2019, becoming the best rated series in history. Projects like Chernobyl manage to generate valuable narrative parallels, where a plot carried by secrets and lies allows us to approach in a new way our idea of death and think about the sacrifice for the common good.