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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dato Bakhtadze ...
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)
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 USA:

$3,000,000, 25 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,426,805, 26 February 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,626,786, 23 June 2012
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 3D as opposed to post-conversion. 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 »


Ben: Those are great burgers, Walter.
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Crazy Credits

All the opening credits briefly appear in Russian before translated into English. See more »


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Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen
26 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Darkest Hour is without a doubt one of the absolute worst films I've ever seen. You know how some really bad films are so bad that they're actually sort of good/funny? This isn't one of them. It's just plain bad. If it were a made-for-TV movie, it would still be one of the worst I've ever seen. The only positive thing I can say about the film is it has an interesting premise. The actual end product, however, is sickeningly dull. We had two children with us and they were bored out of their minds.

The plot is rife with clichés. Character development is hollow and heartless. The script is dreadful. No one in the theatre laughed at any of the jokes. The aliens are horribly designed. It's not scary. It's not thrilling. And don't even get me started on the soundtrack...

Ultimately, this movie is an insult to sci-fi and just cinema in general. I shudder to think of the amount of time and money put into this film that could have been used for something infinitely better. Please don't contribute to the waste.

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