Excerpt: I’m sure I’ve said this in another review, but in case I haven’t I’ll say it here: wouldn’t it be cool if there was an alien movie in which aliens came to Earth and we just kicked their ass! I mean, seriously, why has no one thought of this as a plot for a movie? And if they have, how come I haven’t heard of it? But I suppose it’s cooler to have beings from another planet and incinerate us on contact. Bleh.
Conclusion: The Darkest Hour ranks pretty lowly among the long line of alien and disaster movies. Hindered by a clunky script, a frugal design, and severely flawed logic, the film's most redeeming feature is its abundant supply of entertaining failures. Summit's Blu-ray is adequate, but finding that out would probably be a waste of your time.
Excerpt: When aliens finally do invade our planet, they're going to have to contend with some pretty impressive combatants including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, and…Emile Hirsch? The war begins now as The Darkest Hour makes its way to Blu-ray care of Summit Home Entertainment. While on a business trip in Moscow, two young American software designers—Sean (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild , The Girl Next Door ) and Ben (Max Minghella, The Social Network )—find their success...
Excerpt: If nothing else, the egregiously awful new sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour adds a formidable new entry in the pantheon of hilariously unfrightening horror movie villains, a strange subset that includes such oddities as Death Bed, The Bed That Eats. Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in The Happening has a film tried to provoke terror with such an unlikely object of menace.
Excerpt: There are some legitimately interesting concepts at play in Chris Gorak’s The Darkest Hour . It features a creative alien design, plays with some cool scientific ideas and takes place in a fairly uncommon international setting. But filmmaking isn’t just about concept, it’s about execution.
Summary: “I didn’t cross half the world to see Americans,” our American protagonist Sean boldly proclaims, relaying a similar thought I had about this film. Though the movie promised to show an alien invasion from a Russian perspective, the film decides to track a couple of bland yanks as they run into every Russian caricature in the book of cultural clichés.
Excerpt: What this film lacks in originality, it makes up for in its effects. The cinematography is seriously cool, particularly the large-scale depictions of Moscow as a ghost town, which will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' The acting falls a bit on the melodramatic side and you kind of wish the invisible threat, which they are all running from, was more frightening.
Excerpt: Här är en ganska snygg om än dum variant om tre amerikaner, en australiensiska och en svensk i ett nutida Moskva som härjas av mystiska rymdvarelser med mikrovågsugnslika krafter. Snart visar det sig att även resten av världen är invaderad men vårat gäng tänker inte ge upp, utan beger sig med berått mod mot… amerikanska ambassaden.