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The Darkest Hour (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Horror  |  25 December 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dato Bakhtadze ...
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Matvei (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Nikolay Efremov ...
Sasha (as Nikolai Efremov)
Boris (as Georgy Gromov)
Artur Smolyaninov ...
Yuri (as Arthur Smoljaninov)
Anna Rudakova ...
Tess (as Anna Roudakova)
Anton Batkin (as Petr Fedorov)
Ivan Gromov ...
Bartender No. 1
Aleksandr Chernykh ...
Bartender No. 2 (as Alexsandr Chernyh)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Darkest Hour 3D  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$21,426,805 (USA) (24 February 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shoot was 58 days and they added 8 or 9 days to the production schedule when they decided to shoot the film in 3D. See more »


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 »


Sean: This is how it starts.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »


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Written by Luciana Caporaso, Nick Clow, Dennis White and Richard 'Humpty' Vission (as Richard Vission)
Performed by Richard 'Humpty' Vission (as Richard Vission) and Static Revenger featuring Luciana Caporaso (as Luciana)
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I don't get why there's so much hate for this movie
5 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't know why critics panned this movie so much. Did they expect a different movie than what they saw? After seeing the trailer, this looked like a fun movie so I gave it a shot and was not disappointed. It was pretty much like I thought it was going to be. Sure the whole alien invaders thing has been done a lot, and this sticks to the formula to a certain extent (minus the annoying deus ex machina plot device), but it was original enough to set it apart.

The acting, while not Oscar worthy, was definitely fine for this genre of movie. The setting (deserted Moscow after the invasion) was well done, and the effects (apart from the opening airplane shot) were pretty good too. There was just enough suspense and action to keep things interesting, and while I didn't feel a deep bond with the characters, I still rooted for them to survive.

All in all, this was a pretty fun movie, and throughout it I keep wondering to myself why there were so many bad reviews because I was definitely liking it.

Don't listen to the "critics" who are too full of themselves and don't get this kind of movie; judge for yourself. If after seeing the trailer you think you'll enjoy the movie, you probably will (if you go into it unbiased). I definitely did.

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