I saw a screening of The Darkest Hour (Summit Entertainment) last night. It’s a sci-fi movie about a bunch of invisible aliens invading Earth. Bottom line: the film looked promising when the aliens invaded within the first 15 minutes of the story. But then the movie became predictable and there was very little suspense. If you want to see a recent movie about aliens invading Earth, you’re better off watching Cowboys & Aliens on DVD. The Darkest Hour opens on Christmas day. The 89-minute movie is rated PG-13 for violence and language.
The movie starts off with Sean and Ben flying to Moscow on a business trip. After their deal goes bad, they end up at a night club where they meet two other Americans, Natalie and Anne. That’s when the aliens invade Moscow. The four of them hide in the cellar with the Russian businessman (Skyler) that screwed over Sean and Ben earlier in the day. After several days, they run out of food so they decide to leave their hiding place. When they get outside, they see streets filled with abandoned cars. No one else appears to be alive (except for the invisible aliens). That rest of the movie is about the five survivors trying to escape the invisible aliens.
There’s no suspense
For the most part, the aliens are invisible. We, the audience, know the aliens are invisible, and so do the movie characters. As a result, there isn’t a big mystery or a build up of suspense. And of course, because the aliens are invisible, they are not scary either. As I mentioned previously, the story is very predictable. It doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat or startle you in any way.
No big names in this movie
The Darkest Hour was directed by Chris Gorak. It features Emile Hirsch (Sean), Olivia Thirlby (Natalie), Max Minghella (Ben), Rachael Taylor (Anne), Joel Kinnaman (Skyler), Veronika Ozerova (Vika), Dato Bakhtadze (Sergei), Yuriy Kutsenko (Matvei), Nikolay Efremov (Sasha), Vladimir Jaglich (Boris), Artur Smolyaninov (Yuri)), Anna Roudakova (Tess), and Pyotr Fyodorov (Anton Batkin).