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The Darkest Hour (2011)

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Box Office:
$21,426,805.00
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Cast

Olivia Thirlby
as Natalie
Joel Kinnaman
as Skyler
Petr Fedorov
as Anton Batkin
Peter Fedorov
as Anton Batkin
Ivan Gromov
as Bartender No. 1
Alexsandr Chernyh
as Bartender No. 2
Oleg Poddubny
as First Policeman
Vasja Fursenko
as Second Policeman
Ilya Ivanov
as Drunk Russian No. 1
Sam Vanin
as Drunk Russian No. 2
Alya Nikulina
as Old Woman
Igor Novoselov
as Brainy Navy Cadet
Mariya Romanova
as Russian Flight Attendant
Slava Barkovsky
as Hefty Bouncer
Valentina Soboleva
as Girl Walking in Club
Louis Leebe
as Club DJ
Irina Antanenko
as Club Beauty
Katerina Budyakova
as Girl at the DJ Booth
Olga Zhuk
as Clubgoer No. 1
Tamara Zhukova
as Clubgoer No. 2
Mariya Lavrova
as Clubgoer No. 3
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Critic Reviews for The Darkest Hour

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It's clear from early on that these characters are as indistinct and lazily rendered as the floating blobs chasing them.

Full Review… | December 28, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | December 28, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

If these dimwits represent the hope of humanity, bring on the alien overlords.

Full Review… | December 27, 2011
TheWrap
Top Critic

"Darkest Hour'' doesn't have even as much character as those Discover commercials.

Full Review… | December 27, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

What's the point of going all the way to Moscow if the shots you come back with end up looking like cheap green-screen process work?

Full Review… | December 27, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Darkest Hour

It's not that bad. I mean the leads are really good actors and the suspense was really there. Not knowing who the invisible aliens were going to kill next and all. Mmm, although the whole invisible aliens sounds like a cop-out, it really comes out quite interesting. That is until you listen to what these actors are saying...man, talk about a really crappy script and sub-par co-stars. Seriously if this had been better developed it could have been a great sci-fi flick. That script is really just what brings down this whole thing for sure.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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Well...not the worst that I have ever seen, I guess. Just nothing new. Nothing very original. Kind of lame...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

"It's not bad for a sci-fi alien invasion movie. It wasn't great though and I got a little bored with it. It lacked excitement and wasn't believable. When watching sci-fi flicks I want the characters and director to make me believe this one day can happen. The story could have been developed better. The acting was OK. I like Emile Hirsch. I haven't seen him in a film in a long time. I guess I thought I would see him in a better flick when I did. Not worth viewing more than once."

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