darkest hour


With Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor , Joel Kinnaman

Written by Jon Spaihts
Directed by Chris Gorak

With a great setting like Russia, an alien invasion premise and 3D, you'd expect to be in for quite a show. Alas, that is not exactly the case.

Two young American Internet entrepreneurs get screwed by their partner when they arrive in Russia to seal the deal. While out on the town drowning their sorrows and meeting two girls in a club, strange lights start to drop from the sky. It is soon revealed that this is not a beautiful Northern Light effect, but an invisible invading force. After several days, they emerge from their hideout, only to find the city deserted, the strange electric force patrolling the streets, evaporating any living thing. Linking up with other resistors, they discover a way out, but need to get across a wide and dangerous area. The battle for survival against a superior adversary leads to them having to figure out creative defensive and attacking methods.

With some cool digital disaster effects, the full 3D potential is unfortunately not utilized, making it more disappointing.

Spoiler Alert!
Usually the anticipation is there for a great alien reveal, but here the beings hidden within the electric invisible force field looks like a generic pre-rendered video game monster – underwhelming.

2 / B
- Paul Blom

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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