The Darkest Hour
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The story tells of a group of young people who fight to survive in Russia after an alien invasion.
Skyline might be bad, but The Darkest Hour is even worse.
Some might think it nearly impossible to make a film with worse acting and a worse storyline. But looky looky, how they managed just fine.
Oh well, if everything else fails, use more awesome CGI... oh no... wait... even the special effects sucked.
I can't even begin to explain how bad this film is. It's so bad. It takes a perfectly good genre, squeezes the worst elements from it and combines it in to a complete travesty. It really is a sorry excuse for a film and it's sad to say, because you can tell a bit of thought went in to this. Unfortunately, it doesn't work at all. The acting is atrocious, the script is dire and the effects are utterly appalling. The story is poor and the characters are unthinkably stupid and unlikeable. There are absolutely no scares here. There is no build up of suspense and no moments of tension. Don't even question if it's worth holding out for the "epic" ending; there isn't one. Avoid, like the Plague.
If the aim of the film was for you to root for the aliens then The Darkest Hour is a roaring success. It is rare to be confronted by such abhorrent examples of humanity as we get here. Emile Hirsch, an actor I normally quite like, and Max Minghella play two of cinema’s most odious shits yet bizarrely they are the heroes of the movie. They are poorly supported by equally reprehensible and banal individuals that you beg receive quick (and hopefully painful) deaths.
Even at 80 minutes this film feels long and slow. Because the characters are so hideous there is no sense of peril or tension as it is impossible to care if they eventually meet their maker.…
Sci-fi thriller which beggars belief it had $30 million spent on it. The idea of an invisible extraterrestrial enemy is a good one but the effects don't convince and the tension is non-existent. Strange really, as the director did a fair job building an atmosphere in his debut film RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR.
I applaud them trying to make something this silly. It just backfired horribly. I'm sure they wish they'd scaled it down into a low-budget release and I think it would've been treated kinder by the critics. This had no place being released on the big screen frankly.
Generic and shallow, though moderately entertaining overall and not quite as bad as they've made it out to be. Nevertheless, it's sad to see actor Emile Hirsch go from a top-class indie like Into the Wild to something as mundane as this. At least his acting is somewhat decent though, compared to that of, let's say, Joel Kinnaman. I know I should be happy that one of my countrymen has made it into Hollywood, but it's a struggle when he supplies one of the film's most insecure and downright lousy performances. I shudder at the thought of him playing Robocop in the upcoming (and supremely unnecessary) re-make. I smell a Robo-flop!
Apart from said malady, we're also forced to endure…
Two stars is admittedly generous for "The Darkest Hour," an alien invasion film filled with enough laughably bad and distracting acting, directing, and editing choices that it looks ready-made for MST3K or RiffTrax. The film follows a handful of Americans as they make their way through post-invasion Moscow, and though the film itself rarely rises above basic cable quality in terms of cinema, it has an earnestness (and enough genuinely suspenseful moments) that almost makes it respectable.
Perdí mi tiempo viendo esto, fue una decepción casi total. Mediocres actuaciones, argumento poco convincente, contexto incongruente, y así van subiendo las fallas más y más.
Además, para ser una película de ficción, los efectos visuales son demasiado malos, parece que hubieran sido hechos hace 20 o 30 años atrás.... en fin, no la vean, no la recomiendo para nada.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I'm a fan of Timur Bekmambetov's stuff, but I go into each knowing that it's going to be kind of cheesy and have a pretty weak plot. Much like Luc Besson, he's great at action, but not much else. The Darkest Hour stands out from many of Timur's other films though, in that the bits between the action weren't entirely unwatchable (looking at you Day Watch).
In fact, I would say that The Darkest Hour is tied for my second favorite of his films so far (tied with 9), right behind Wanted. Now if only he would take what he's learned so far and finish out the rest of the World of Watches (with Twilight, Final and New)...
Even though the story was pretty weak and it lacked character development, the concept was cool and it was decently entertaining. I think the special effect were what saved it for me.
I'll just go ahead and say that this wasn't nearly as bad as a lot of people have made it out to be. Granted, this movie is a rather routine, dull, and bland alien invasion thriller, but it did actually have a few good things going for it.
It may have been a bit anti-climactic, but I liked this for the fresh-ness of its characters. I usually find myself annoyed at the stupidity of the characters in horror/thriller movies. Often, when they do survive, it's implausible and unrewarding. In The Darkest Hour, however, there were several level-headed, quick thinking people together at the end of the world. And the two dumb ones died first so that was pretty cool.
This movie was just so damn dumb. I wish they'd all died.
wunderbare 3D Optik, der Story geht aber nach 1Std die Luft aus
From decent aliens, a terrific setting, and hot girls there are potential here, but a few bright sparks apart the script and execution are in a blackout.
Rewatch-probability: 2 - Not likely
popcorn, story, actress(es)