Review: The Darkest Hour

Tell us an alien invasion movie is on the way and, regardless of who’s in it or what it’s about, it sparks intrigue. Not only am I particularly guilty of this in general, but upon hearing the concept backing The Darkest Hour, I fell head over heels for what should have been a wildly original dose of ET destruction. However, perhaps test screenings didn’t go as planned, because as the film’s Christmas day release approached, its marketing campaign fizzled out, warning us of what’s to come. Is it all that bad? No, but it’s certainly not worth a promotional push especially with the high quality fare it’s going up against.

Longtime buddies Sean and Ben (Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella) head to Moscow for a business venture, the opportunity to develop their smartphone social networking application, The Globe Trot. It’s too bad their Swedish partner, Skyler (Joel Kinnaman), decides to steal their idea and present it as his own. Now abroad and with nothing to do, the boys turn to booze and drown their sorrows in a night out. That’s when they meet another traveling duo, Natalie and Anne (Olivia Thirlby and Rachael Taylor).

It’s all fun and games until the power goes out. When the partygoers head outside to investigate, they come face-to-face with the culprit, an invading alien race. The foursome and Skyler manage to barricade themselves in the club basement for the initial onslaught, but, even after emerging days later, the streets are still overrun with invaders, invisible balls of electricity with the power to turn their victims to dust.

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3 responses to “Review: The Darkest Hour

  1. Matt Stewart

    Very interesting that you rated it so high, I have heard nothing but trash about this film. I’m a little bit more interested now, so great work!

  2. lance

    I just watched this movie and let me tell you and anyone reading this, its an underrated movie, i dont know why people are being hateful towards it. I liked it a lot, on imdb wesbite it has a score of 5.2, to me it felt more like a 5.7 which for the genre is a good score. That being said, its better to see it at the movies, at home it will suck probably. And btw there is a russian girl name Veronika Ozerova who is absolutely adorable, im amazed she didnt get more time on screen. So to wrap this up, this movie is not better than skyline but not as crappy as battle LA, its somewhere in between.

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