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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

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The crew was made up of about 30% American and 70% Russian. See more »

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01:21:17, a man is visible on the balcony in the background. See more »

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Sean: Team work is dream work
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All the opening credits briefly appear in Russian before translated into English. See more »

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Featured in The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion (2012) See more »

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Written by Kate Line and Chris Scott
Performed by Spin Silhouette
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A fun alien invasion film without much pretentiousness
8 October 2013 | by GTeixeiraSee 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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