In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply.
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Emile Hirsch has been one of my favorite actors of the last decade. He’s been in some films that I’ve really enjoyed, with his first leading role in The Girl Next Door in 2004, to Speed Racer, Into the Wild, Milk and a good many more movies. Milk was his last good appearance, and I’ve been waiting to see him in another good film. Seeing the trailers for this made me hopeful that this would be a solid movie. Unfortunately, critics around the globe haven’t seen it this way.
Hirsch plays Sean, who is working on a new mobile application type of software with his partner and friend Ben, played by Max Minghella. When they arrive on their trip to Moscow, their plan is shot down and they decide to hit the clubs, where they meet two girls, Natalie and Anne that they met via their application [Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor]. When all of the power goes out on the block, people gather outside to find some sort of strange lighting phenomenon in the sky. Strange objects fall softly from the sky and land in the street, and then, they start vaporizing people.
I hate to say it, but I have to: This is just flat out a bad movie. The visuals, which were made for 3D, are terrible. The special effects, like the view from these aliens’ eyes, just looks wrong. The dialog is on par with a fifth grade student play. The performances suck too, even from Hirsch. It is absolutely a typical horror movie.
Director Chris Gorak has been attached to many good films as an art director, such as Tombstone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fight Club, and Minority Report. His only directorial work was from his own creation Right at Your Door, which got average reviews and scores. I think he did an okay job with this movie. A lot of the aspects are really poor, mainly the writing, but Gorak is not the anchor pulling this film down. Don’t get me wrong though, there is nothing special about his work here, just don’t blame him for the poor result.
There’s not really much else to say about the film. It wasn’t entertaining at all, and it almost hurt to watch it.
Do. Not. See. This. Movie.
0/4 – The only thing that The Darkest Hour gets right is the name, because this is one of the darkest 90 minutes you could experience. This movie is genuinely horrible.