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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.

Director:

Chris Gorak

Writers:

Jon Spaihts (screenplay), Leslie Bohem (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Sean
Olivia Thirlby ... Natalie
Max Minghella ... Ben
Rachael Taylor ... Anne
Joel Kinnaman ... Skyler
Veronika Vernadskaya ... Vika
Dato Bakhtadze Dato Bakhtadze ... Sergei
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Matvei (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Nikolay Efremov Nikolay Efremov ... Sasha (as Nikolai Efremov)
Georgiy Gromov ... Boris (as Georgy Gromov)
Artur Smolyaninov Artur Smolyaninov ... Yuri (as Arthur Smoljaninov)
Anna Rudakova Anna Rudakova ... Tess (as Anna Roudakova)
Pyotr Fyodorov ... Anton Batkin (as Petr Fedorov)
Ivan Gromov ... Bartender No. 1
Aleksandr Chernykh Aleksandr Chernykh ... Bartender No. 2 (as Alexsandr Chernyh)
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Storyline

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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The Invasion Begins Christmas Day See more »


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

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Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

USA | Russia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Darkest Hour 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

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

Goofs

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 »

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Sean: This is how it starts.
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All the opening credits briefly appear in Russian before translated into English. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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MOCKBA (Moscow)
Written by Igor Pustelnik
Performed by Marselle
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Not as bad as people say it is.
16 February 2012 | by iLikeMySamosaColdSee all my reviews

The trailer to The Darkest Hour will make you feel like you just have to watch this movie. Clips around Moscow, a group of friends hanging out at a club, but then comes the twist when you see invisible creatures just absorbing humans. The incredibly tense music, short clips of fight scenes, and voice over of one of the characters that seem to know everything about these invisible aliens are very intimidating. You also get a very, very clear picture of what this movie is about, and I wanted to watch it. I wanted to watch it so bad, it was the main focus of my birthday party.

But my heart sank when I checked IMDb, and they rated it 5.1 out of 10. Alright, it's an okay mark, so then I checked rottentomatoes.com. It is embarrassing to say that viewers rated the movie 29%, and the critics rated it a flopping 14%. Also, watching and reading several movie reviews, one review mentioned how only kids under the age of 25 would like it, got my hopes bunked down even further.

The Darkest hour (directed by Chris Gorak) is about two best friends Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella), two young social network developers visiting Moscow hoping that a Russian company will go on board with their website which helps tourists find "hot clubs" around the world. When they enter the boardroom, they find out that Skyler (Joel Kinnaman), their Swedish associate who speaks Russian, has stolen their idea and claimed "it's business".

Sean and Ben are then escorted by security guards outside the building after Sean throws a fit. The two go to a popular night-club called Zvezda, where they see Skyler. Ben finds out that an American, Natalie (Olivia Thrilby) and her Australian friend Anne (Rachael Taylor), who use his app, are there too and they quickly become friends. Just as they are about to take a group photo, all power goes out! OH NO! HOW UNPREDICTABLE.

Everybody in the club exits to see what's going on and yellow lights are falling slowly from the sky. One comes nearby, but it's invisible, only releasing small glimpses of yellow light. A nearby policeman approaches the invisible alien, and is turned to dust. Everybody starts running and extras get killed, but of course, our five main characters live and find a safe place to hide, which just so happens to be the cellar where the club stores all their food. They then go out once their food stock runs empty and try to go to the American embassy. Really, what were they thinking they were going to find?

The rest of the movie is them running away from these invisible enemies, trying to find other survivors, couple of people die and the ending is predictable.

There aren't that many flaws in the movie. I liked all the action scenes and how intense some scenes were. Sean, who in the beginning comes off as a slack and a bit dumb, was able to find out how to detect these invisible aliens, and how to hide from them.

The one thing that puzzled me, was that everybody was on a boat in the river, but the building next to it comes down on them so they were all forced into the water. But Natalie, who wasn't there after everybody came up from the water, ends up what seems like miles stranded on a bus. HOW DID SHE GET THERE? I mean seriously, did she fly over the building? No. She was holding hands with Sean and jumped into the water. I hate it when directors make horrible choices just to remove a character in a surprising way.

The young actors did well with the material, but the script. Oh the script. Don't get me wrong, the idea of the story is amazing, but some of the action seemed, random. Like it the screenwriter just didn't bother to plan it out well. I guess you can say the effects were cool, but I don't think it's hard to create invisible aliens.

The movie was enjoyable! Like I said earlier, the action was great, the overall idea was very, very, very cool and exciting. I may not have seen the movie Skyline (2011), but there are many comparisons to it because of the similar plot.

So should you watch it? Yes! Go ahead! I liked it, despite the incredibly low ratings other critics gave it. It's a great action movie for tweens and teens (not kids because the beginning's got some mild language). It's a great action movie, but it is pretty similar to other sci-fi thriller action movies out there.


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