The Darkest Hour (2011)
Average Rating: 3.1/10
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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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The Darkest Hour is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects. -- (C) Summit
Dec 25, 2011 Wide
Apr 10, 2012
Summit Entertainment - Official Site
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There's literally nothing here that works: the SFX are limp, the acting is dire and director Chris Gorak seems to be fighting a losing battle with the concept of narrative logic.
If these dimwits represent the hope of humanity, bring on the alien overlords.
Did Olivia Thirlby and Emile Hirsch make this so they could visit Russia on somebody else's dime?
Just dumb enough to feel like the product of intelligent grown ups who wanted to make something they'd have dug as widdle kids.
It's true mindless trash, but it's fun mindless trash... I'm not ashamed to say I would watch a sequel.
Once again it's time for the end of the world. But, "The Darkest Hour" fails to see the light and we're stuck with yet another mediocre sci-fi movie.
Uninspiring and insipid, this contemporary take on the zombie genre sees a group of gorgeous twenty somethings trapped in Moscow trying desperately to get away from an endless attack launched by nasty id-like blobs of energy.
One accusation commonly levelled at films like Transformers is that they're big on budget but light on ideas. The Darkest Hour falls short on both fronts.
This mindless mess could have just as easily been set in Los Angeles or New York. Or London. Or ideally, nowhere.
The title of this teen disaster-by-numbers affair could not be more apt - as a collective omen for all those involved
It's refreshing to see someplace besides Manhattan, Tokyo or L.A. getting the destruction-from-space treatment.
The setting in deserted Moscow is the biggest point of difference about this ho-hum end of the world scenario. Also invisible is the tension to give this apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller scares and impetus.
The most alarming moment is the revelation that there might be a sequel.
It is as though they got half way through making the film and had the budget catastrophically slashed.
In what might prove to be one of the most egregious examples of concept far outstripping execution, The Darkest Hour ends up as this year's Skyline: aliens+paper-thin screenplay=cinematic snooze.
Cool though this might seem as a post-apocalyptic fashion accessory, it's fatally ill-thought-through...
Our planet is ravaged by aliens in yet another sci-fi calamity so bad you'll be cheering on the invaders.
Invisible invaders!... Surely, then, we're in for an inspired, imaginative story and engaging, fascinating characters -- you know, to make up for the cheapness... Nope...
Audience Reviews for The Darkest Hour
- Ben: I saw it on Shark Week.
- Boris: Welcome to Russia sucka.
- Sean: Team work makes the dream work.
- Ben: Wait, let me put down the only effective weapon to attend to a lady in distress.
- Sean: This is how it starts.
- Ben: Those are great burgers Walter.
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