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The Darkest Hour (2011)

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In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply.

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Ben
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Dato Bakhtadze ...
Sergei
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Matvei (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Nikolay Efremov ...
Sasha (as Nikolai Efremov)
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Boris (as Georgy Gromov)
Artur Smolyaninov ...
Yuri (as Arthur Smoljaninov)
Anna Rudakova ...
Tess (as Anna Roudakova)
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Anton Batkin (as Petr Fedorov)
Ivan Gromov ...
Bartender No. 1
Aleksandr Chernykh ...
Bartender No. 2 (as Alexsandr Chernyh)
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The American software designers Sean and Ben travel to Moscow to sell their software to investors. However, their Swedish partner Skyler pulls a fast one on Sean and Ben, and they are out of the business. They go to a nightclub, where they meet American Natalie and Australian Anne and they flirt with the girls and see Skyler in the club. Out of the blue, the population is surprised by lights, which they mistake for natural phenomena. But soon, they learn that the lights are aliens invading Earth and using power supply to annihilate mankind. Sean, Ben, Natalie, Anne and Skyler hide in the kitchen and when they leave the place, they seek out survivors on the street. Are they the last people on Earth? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2011 (USA)  »

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The Darkest Hour 3D  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,000,000 (USA) (23 December 2011)

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$21,426,805 (USA) (24 February 2012)
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Production was suspended for a planned two weeks due to the extraordinary air pollution caused by heavy smoke from the wild fires surrounding Moscow in August 2010. It eventually resumed three weeks later. Even with this precaution, smoke still made it into a lot of shots and had to be digitally removed in post production. See more »

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The radio that the group finds in the US embassy works because it was protected from the EMP strike inside the bird cage which acted like a Faraday cage. A Faraday cage blocks EM waves, including microwaves. The radio works in the bird cage because the antenna is connected to a wire leading outside of the cage; but it would not have worked in Sergei's apartment. See more »

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Sean: They came here with a plan.
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All the opening credits briefly appear in Russian before translated into English. See more »


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Karla Loves Boris
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Rachel Rickert and Michael Klein
Performed by Veronica Neit
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Exactly what Sci-Fi fans love and film critics miss the point
1 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a world of mostly straight to video lower budget scifi movies or the hit and miss affairs of Sci-Fi original movies, The Darkest Hour was a real joy.

The ghost-like concept of the invaders was well conceived. Adding tension in droves, much like the original alien movie, with the what you can't see lets your mind be more creative. The lack of need for constant CGI of the aliens seemed to allow more budget and creativity on the other more subtle effects, creating a much more believable world. The floor of light bulbs effects, used similarly to the motion detectors in the Aliens movie, was cool.

It seems the film critics have again missed the point and glories of this movie. What they seemed to punish for I personally found to be the movies greatest achievements. Efficient, well conceived plot to me, seen as lacking to the critics. The not trying to save the whole world, ala Independence Day, but focusing on rag tag group of unprepared survivors worked, as it does in AMC's series The Walking Dead. The restrained use of 3D, meaning few objects flying out the screen or visual overdose leading to headache like the latest Transformers movie. The 3D effects added significantly to the sites of Moscow, giving a true sense of the size of Red Square and hence the immersion a 3D movie should give.

The Darkest Hour. Solid entertainment and great way to see Moscow without a 12hr flight. Ignore the critics and make up your own mind.


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