An intriguing idea and inventive visual approach is let down by a script that runs out out of steam before it ever reaches full speed.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: 1/5
With Moscow-emptied out, a la London in 28 Days Later, it is visually impressive but plodding and silly.
A visually ambitious but decidedly lightweight thriller about scarcely visible aliens attacking earth for its power supply.
An awkward re-hash of any number of superior movies ending in a risible liaison with a CGI submarine that would look unrealistic in an episode of Bagpuss.
Dismal, poorly directed and badly thought-out sci-fi thriller that quickly squanders its intriguing premise in favour of under-developed characters running and shouting for 90 minutes.
If you can get past the hokey premise, then you could be in for a good time with this lumbering 3D disaster-porn noisemaker.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
A familiar yet watchable thriller...
| Original Score: 3/4
The Darkest Hour is hardly original at this point, and though many of its fellow alien invasion movies are terrible, this one has the "advantage" of being merely dull.
The kills are super-cool, as invisible energy 'ghosts' from outer space flash-fry humans (and dogs) in dust-devil swirls of ash and spark; unfortunately, everything else is utterly perfunctory.
| Original Score: 2/4
This is possibly the most joy-sucking film of 2011.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
In the rise and fall of Emile Hirsch's career, this is the fall
| Original Score: 4/10
Dim-witted apocalyptic disaster
| Original Score: 2/10
It opts for less of the same old thing, but with more cruddy CGI and even more predictable results.
A generic let-down that isn't bad enough even to be memorable.
| Original Score: D+
Yes, there's a getaway submarine in this movie. What if it were driven by a cat? Why shouldn't it be driven by a cat? No reason, right? That's right. It could totally happen, just as easily as anything else.
This seems like a very haphazardly pieced-together flick.
| Original Score: 5/10
It's clear from early on that these characters are as indistinct and lazily rendered as the floating blobs chasing them.
Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in The Happening has a film tried to provoke terror with such an unlikely object of menace.
| Original Score: F