A group of Americans touring Moscow find themselves in the midst of an alien invasion. As people disintegrate around them the group quickly learn to survive. Encountering a team of Russians the groups join forces to fight back against the destructive invaders.
Emile Hirsch (Sean), Olivia Thirlby (Natalie), Max Minghella (Ben), Rachael Taylor (Anne), Joel Kinnaman (Skyler), Veronika Vernadskaya (Vika), Dato Bakhtadze (Sergei), Yuriy Kutsenko (Matvei).
The Darkest Hour starts off well with some mild setting development before jumping into the action. The first alien attack is well done and exciting with the special effects grabbing our attention nicely. From there the film settles into a somewhat predictable plot with a few mild surprises. As the story evolves we find ourselves rooting for the Americans and fulfilled when they begin fighting back against the aliens.
Acting was decent if a bit green around the edges. Hirsch, Thirlby, Minghella, Taylor and Kinnaman all did pretty well. Vernadskaya, Bakhtadze and the remainder of the cast filled out the film well and added a solid contrast to the typical American perspective.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good with solid attention to detail. Special effects were nicely done and added a great deal of value to the film. Both the aliens and their method of killing were somewhat unique and very entertaining. Dialogue and sound were good, as was the soundtrack.
Overall The Darkest Hour is a well done alien encounter flick that sticks to the basics and delivers them well. If you are looking for something epic, with an intricate plot this isn’t it. If you are looking for solid sci-fi entertainment however, this one does pretty well.
With plenty of sci-fi action violence and some foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
The Darkest Hour is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
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