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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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Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Matvei (as Gosha Kutsenko)
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Sasha (as Nikolai Efremov)
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Boris (as Georgy Gromov)
Artur Smolyaninov ...
Yuri (as Arthur Smoljaninov)
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Tess (as Anna Roudakova)
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Anton Batkin (as Petr Fedorov)
Ivan Gromov ...
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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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$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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A fun alien invasion film without much pretentiousness
8 October 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While maybe not much better than what the ratings and reviews say, at the very least 'The Darkest Hour' has the fun factor going for it. There is not much for a plot: your typical alien invasion, where a group of survivors have to try and survive the attack while in Moscow.

Wait, Moscow?

One of the things I liked here was that there IS originality. Instead of another American city, or even Tokyo/London, this time around we watch Moscow under attack. Instead of having to see the characters running and hiding around the same New York for the nth time, we are presented an 'unknown' scenario that has a lot of charm going for it.

Another plus is the aliens themselves. Not your typical armor-wearing soldiers or 'greys', but in here they have a very original design (bodyless masses of light). It is sad to hear the clichèd excuse for their invasion, but they are very interesting to see.

Despite these flairs of originality, overall the film suffers from the typical B-movie sci-fi problems. The blandness of the cast and some logic-defying situations/developments (every Russian they meet speak perfect English, for example) are downsides, but the straight-forward plot, lack of an overly pretentious message and non-boring development more than compensate.

Overall, this is far from a great film but it is a fun straight-forward B-movie with some welcome flashes of originality. It more than succeeds on entertaining, as long as you don't over-blow your expectations.


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