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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.
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.
If these dimwits represent the hope of humanity, bring on the alien overlords.
"Darkest Hour'' doesn't have even as much character as those Discover commercials.
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?
[It's] like a bad holiday fruitcake that somebody tried to spruce up with a zillion lumps of neon-colored, soggy jellybean guts.
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.
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.
Well...not the worst that I have ever seen, I guess. Just nothing new. Nothing very original. Kind of lame...
"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."
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.
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