THE DARKEST HOUR follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D action-thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, NIGHT WATCH) a...more
THE DARKEST HOUR follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D action-thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, NIGHT WATCH) and director Chris Gorak. less
“The Darkest Hour does have some mind-boggling visuals but with a long-drawn-out script and lifeless characters, the film doesn’t manage to connect with the viewers. Avoid it!”
Luminous orbs of golden dust fall from the sky in Moscow, sucking up all the electricity and disintegrating any living being that comes in contact with them. As our quintet of protagonists comprising of two budding American tech entrepreneurs, two female tourists and a slimy Swede, run around a post-apocalyptic Moscow trying to save themselves, you are reminded of numerous alien invasion movies from the past; by the time the movie is done youd wish you were actually watching them rather than this pile of trash.
The movie switches gears from a survival flick to resistance war flick in like a beat and even has the audacity to throw in a cheesy speech by a whiny American teenager that wins over the hearts and minds of hardened Russian soldiers, who miraculously speak accented but grammatically perfect English. The entire second half of the film has to be seen to be believed as science-fiction is given a whole new definition with such brilliant theories & applications that make the Transformers series seem like non-fiction. Aliens which cant look through glass, microwave guns, houses turned into electromagnetic cages to keep charges locked in, etc; the massacre of anything remotely scientific or smart is carried out with utter precision.
If the science wasnt enough you have characters which only seem to exist to make Russians look like horny bastards, mad scientists or plain old military types dressed like they watched too many Mad Max movies & kill aliens with good old Russian bullets. The characterisation is atrocious to say the least and when you show snivelling American youngsters giving commands to the Russian army, you know there is something truly wrong here.
The effects have their moments, especially when it comes to the disintegration of living creatures when they come in contact with the aliens. However when you do get your first look at the aliens behind their cloaks of invisibility, you might mistake the movie for being one of those cheap made-for-television type movies and the aliens for being distant cousins of the Night Fury dragon from How to Train your Dragon.
The Darkest Hour was shot in 3D and though it doesnt improve the movie much, at least it doesnt seem like a distraction. The real concerns are the terrible script, characters and effects which sink it beyond redemption. The idea wasnt all bad, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.