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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie when the main characters are boarding the submarine, there are people walking on the balcony of an apartment highrise in the background. See more »

Quotes

Sean: Our expansion plans for Moscow include getting drunk, laid and ending up in a Russian prison, all at the click of a button.
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All the opening credits briefly appear in Russian before translated into English. See more »

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References Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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Cossack Lullaby
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I don't get why there's so much hate for this movie
5 April 2012 | by spmactSee 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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