The Darkest Hour


A group of teenagers try to save us from an alien 3D

Invisible aliens have come to Earth… to steal our electricity! If you can get past the hokey premise, then you could be in for a good time with this lumbering 3D disaster-porn noisemaker.

Director Chris Gorak (2006’s unsettling Right At Your Door) adds visual spice by setting the action in Moscow, utilising a cartoony snuff effect (the ETs turn us into dust) and allowing producer Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch) to sprinkle proceedings with his trademark gritty surrealism.

It’s still plodding and goofy, and the heroes (Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby) are duds, but at least it tickles the eyeballs.

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    • Toursiveu

      Jan 10th 2012, 21:32

      3 stars??? Did you guys fall and hit your head on something hard? The Darkest Hour must be one of the ugliest, laziest, stupidest films I've seen in years. It's not even worthy of any of those Asylum Pictures DVD releases. The CGI in the last ten minutes of the film are so laughable that you'd think you're back in 1991. Don't get me started on the stupidity of the dialogues, of the script, the blatant racism, the detestable characters, the actors who're there only for a quick cash-in... Believe me, The Darkest Hour would make last year's Skyline pass for a masterpiece. Avoid at all cost!

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    • Nashnash

      Jan 12th 2012, 20:10

      I haven't seen this yet but I've seen the trailer a few times and I certainly wouldn't have expected a three star review from anyone other than (maybe) The Sun. I'm glad you were here to clear it up a little, Toursiveu. I might still watch it for a laugh but I can't imagine how it could be worse than Skyline. Should be fun.

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    • Toursiveu

      Jan 13th 2012, 5:49

      I'm not one of these trolls that log in on movie sites just to trash movies. It's just that The Darkest Hour has so many things that don't work that this three star review baffled me! I'm a screenwriter myself and I couldn't believe the number of things completely wrong with the script. Sometimes near the end of the film, I thought I was watching one of those italian post-apocalyptic movies from the eighties, particularly the films of Bruno Mattei... except that Mattei's films were so bad they became enjoyable. Here the film is just so bad it's bad... and for the life of me, I can't understand why talented actors live Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby signed on... I'm pretty sure The Darkest Hour will be on everybody's list of 2012's worst films... and it's only january! As for the 3D? A good portion of the film happens at night, so the 3D was even darker than in Thor!

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 13th 2012, 15:39

      So check that up in the 'bought and paid for review' club...

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 13th 2012, 17:24

      I love the fact that the site says "if you like this try..." and then there's an ad for the Hours. Everywhere else has totally slated this film.. maybe no one proofed the review and didn't realise 3 stars had been put in.

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 14th 2012, 6:04

      Friends went and saw this tonight before I could text back and tell them not to, they said it was the worst film any of them had ever seen. And they like the sex and the city movies.

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    • cinders

      Jan 27th 2012, 11:10


      I would say, in my opinion, that its the darkest haour and a half....

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