The Darkest Hour


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

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Peter Fedorov
as Anton Batkin
Petr 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 (59) | 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.

Jan 10, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

Dec 28, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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.

Dec 28, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…
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Top Critic

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

Dec 27, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Dec 27, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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?

Dec 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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, 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

Super Reviewer

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


"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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I'll just go ahead and say that this wasn't nearly as bad as a lot of people have made it out to be. Granted, this movie is a rather routine, dull, and bland alien invasion thriller, but it did actually have a few good things going for it. It's just unfortunate that said elements were cobbled together with some bad ones, and the end result ended up being underwhelming and satisfying. Yeah, it's another alien invasion film, but this time it's set in Moscow, so we've got American youths stranded in a strange land which is already a challenge, and the aliens that attack are kinda unique too, They are these invisible (most of the time) energy wave based beings that don't like electricity, and can detect people due to their energy currents. It's odd and doesn't make a great amount of sense, but it's still creative and shows they put forth some effort into their design, the effects, and the concept. The result is just half-assed and weak. It's most the fault of the script. The performances aren't great either, but I feel that it helps having Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, even if the movie does them less favors than they do it. Everything, save for how the aliens operate is generic, and that's why this movie doesn't work that well. It's feels hasty, undercooked, and a better set up/execution for the scenario would have elevated things a lot more. The participants try their best, and while there are some good scenes, and the movie is at least entertaining and watchable, it is ultimately forgettable and not all that distinguishable from about a million other films.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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