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The Darkest Hour 2012

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Sci-fi thriller about a group of young Americans visiting Russia when invisible extraterrestrials invade earth. Stars Olivia Thirlby (The Wackness), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Rachael Taylor (Grey's Anatomy). More

Stranded in a desolate Moscow, the five yanks are forced into the seemingly impossible task of surviving and escaping the onslaught brought on by the energy-absorbing creatures. Produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Brekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted), the film promises to differentiate itself from other alien invasion movies by showing the attacks and responses from a Russian perspective. Hide

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131 votes / 14 comments The Talk

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    • Tracey

      Looks like it could be fun. Reminds me of Cloverfield for some reason.

    • moocho

      Moscow looks cool :) the ultimate enemy :D

    • Matt

      This looks like Ghostbuster 4!

    • Jman

      Looks lame! Like an US rip-off of Tomorrow When The War Began with aliens

    • reginaphalange

      Love Emile Hirsch

    • god

      oh please me no, not another incoherent pos from that idiot that made nightwatch.

    • Bob

      If its any kind of improvement on that crap 'Skyline' then I'll be happy...

    • Bob

      'sigh' unfortunately it wasn't...man it sucked!

    • ben

      yeah awful. Lazy editing and scriptwriting. And the aliens sucked. Shame really as it had some interesting and relevant concepts.

    • Emily

      i thought 2012 was so fake i think this is going to be just like that but with aliens!

    • Hannah

      what age ristriction is it?

    • Hannah

      thankyhu hahah i figured owt how to tell now lol

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Liam Maguren Flicks Writer

“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. More

The first half-hour does a pretty decent job depicting the transparent energy-absorbing creatures wiping out the human populace. After dashing through some pretty hopeless character development, we’re treated to a whole load of people disintegrating as our heroes run for their lives. It’s a cool-looking effect, one that doesn’t get old even when the rest of the movie does.

The second half-hour flips the handbrake on, dragging the film to a stand-still. Whilst the scenes of a vacant Moscow look impressive, they’re wasted on the headless chickens we’re forced to follow. Everything they learn about their alien counterparts seems to happen out of coincidence and dumb luck, as do their encounters with other, more helpful survivors.

With nothing particularly interesting going on, it’s hard not to notice how lame the entire concept is. This becomes abundantly clear by the last half-hour, portraying a showdown that would only be fit on a cheap sci-fi TV show. Dull, absurd and full of “Why did you do that!?” moments, The Darkest Hour is a concept that could’ve, but doesn’t, work. Hide

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Empire (UK)

One day this will turn up on a cheap TV channel late at night and you will be drunk/over-tired and it will be a blast. Full review.

Entertainment Weekly

When the script switches genres, exchanging survival horror for resistance fighting, it loses whatever momentum it had. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

The picture suffers from an oppressive ordinariness. Full review.

New York Times

Another depressing failure of imagination. Full review.

The A.V Club (USA)

A dreary sci-fi slog so tedious even its own actors seem bored. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

Plodding and goofy, but at least it tickles the eyeballs. Full review.

Variety (USA)

Skirts perilously close to silliness on more than one occasion, but it's pulled back from the brink more often than not by the disarming sincerity of its performances. That helps a lot. Full review.