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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When Sergei dies, he drops the microwave gun right underneath the alien that 'dusted' him, however, just a moment later, Ben picks it up as it is now laying at his own feet and now has a blue, a red, a green and a yellow light on it. Towards the end, just before jumping into the river, the original microwave gun with the timer dial on the side returns. See more »
Ooh, an American.
I didn't fly halfway around the world to see Americans. Tell her to go to Applebees.
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Finally, an alien species that does not attack New York only!
You might think that a movie that has a trailer filled with special effects and action that points towards stupidity would be really dumb, given the propensity of trailers to feature the best scenes of a film. But it is not the case. By ignoring the few FX laden parts and the quickly concocted explanations that have little to do with science, one can enjoy the movie well.
One of the horror films that I enjoyed tremendously, even if really silly, was Tremors. I felt The Darkest Hour as a kindred movie of Tremors, with the same crew of misfits that have to navigate through a world that has suddenly changed dramatically. Some other "innovations" are: placing the action in Moscow, not featuring any black person and making them die first, not discriminating against fat or ugly people and making them behave stupidly or die immediately, featuring good Russians, using aliens that don't die when you shoot them with bullets, not discovering some hug or alien queen that when destroyed kills off all attackers.
All in all a quick and dirty sci-fi horror, with reasonable acting, great setting and refreshing ideas. It should have a rating a lot higher than the five stars people have given it. There are some scenes of deeper emotion and thought than in all movies of 2012 combined. Of course, there are a lot of stupid scenes, too, but I expected that.
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