The Twenty-First Century

The Darkest Hour [2011]

For a variety of reasons (mainly the 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I had low expectations for this science fiction yarn, and even lower expectations for its CGI effects. As it turns out, the film was slightly better than I expected, while the effects were even worse. This is not to say that the movie is good (ha!), but when you expect a crap-fest (a la “Skyline) and you find yourself enjoying some of its silliest moments, it’s hard for me to call it a complete disaster. The plot is pretty familiar and straightforward: two American software designers (Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella) and two female tourists (Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor) hook up in a nightclub in Moscow,only to find themselves caught up in an alien invasion of Earth. They’re far far away from home, they don’t speak Russian, and the aliens are invisible (hence the lame CGIs). I think in a way, it was refreshing to see someplace besides New York and L.A getting the alien invasion treatment. Which is why it’s frustrating that “The Darkest Hour” doesn’t rise above the usual. With the premise and the location, it could have been something big. Too bad it gets cheesier and cheesier as we move along, until it reaches the inevitable conclusion (I saw it coming miles away). The dialogue (courtesy of John Spaints, who also worked on Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”) is laughable. Allow me to emphasize with a few examples: “Team work makes the dream work”, “They came here with a plan” (duh!) and my personal favorite  “Let me put down the only effective weapon to attend to a lady in distress” (who talks like that?). I could go on, but do i really have to? “The Darkest Hour” is strictly a B movie that will probably hit cable TV before you can say Emile Hirsh (who was terrific in “Into The Wild” by the way). It’s a mess. Hell it’s a huge mess. But the pace of the film and the locations make it a somewhat fun, but ultimately forgettable experience. And remember: Team work makes the dream work!

Rating: 2/4

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  1. A very unrelated comment:
    I’ve been a film nerd for years now, and I started following Oscar blogs at the age of 13-14. Anyways, you have no idea how I feel now that I’ve stumbled upon this site; knowing I’m not really an outsider in Lebanon after all. I just wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying reading all your stuff!

    Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

    • Thank you so much for your comment anthony! And please do not hesitate to visit my blog again. Im always open for discussions. And no you’re not an outsider after all! 😀

  2. I remember when I went to watch mission impossible 4 and saw the trailer of this movie along with the “coming soon” posters. Didn’t get the chance to watch it but I just saw that its coming on TV tonight and had to check your review. Looks like it turned out to be a cheesy film, but I usually enjoy every movie rated 2 and above on your blog. Guess since its a Wednesday night and I have nothing to do, ill see what it’s about.

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