Genre: Action, sci-fi horror, science fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Director: Chris Gorak
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella
Synopsis: “The DARKEST HOUR is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects” (20th Century Fox).
Verdict: From the moment the trailer was released, it was quite certain that the film would turn out shitty. The lack of effort on the screenplay was underestimated – the writer was more than just lazy. But it’s not only the script that’s uninspiring, almost everything about it is. The Darkest Hour is predictable, uninteresting, cheesy, boring, has no sex appeal, full of cliches, even the music scores aren’t fresh. It’s so unintriguing till no one would give a damn about the things that are left unexplained. The depth of the characters are shallow as well. The special effects, too, are nothing to shout about. The Darkest Hour is a very lame version of Steven Spielberg‘s The War of the Worlds (2005). But hey, at least this one isn’t set in Manhattan or anywhere in America.
Most hilarious quote: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] When no one can be seen – “They killed everyone.” “It’s a massacre.” [SPOILER ENDS HERE].
Most ridiculous scene/ the ending: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Just as the bunch of survivors found the submarine that they seek, they scattered into the sea due to an explosion caused by the aliens. To prolong the movie for a climax, Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) ends up magically on land at some distance away from the sea. She said she doesn’t give up but for unknown reasons, she decides to just hide there knowing that the submarine is the only ride out of there. The bunch then go to her rescue. The incompetent aliens, after appearing to have arrived in millions in the beginning, finally decided to gang up to attack the survivors instead of coming one by one. Sean (Emile Hirsch), who looks like Leonardo DiCaprio here, manages to get to Natalie before getting into a struggle on a brake-less bus. “You came back for me!” Awww. After killing the alien in the most illogic fashion, the bus stops perfectly right in front of the others without crashing. They got into the submarine and finds out that other countries are fighting back. The film ends with yet another cheesy line – “It starts from here!” [SPOILER ENDS HERE].
To watch in 3D? Absolutely pointless to do so.
Rating: 0.5 / 5
Second opinion: “Speechless, it’s so stupid, many scenes don’t make sense” (Iris Loong).
The invites to the special screening of the film was courtesy of Ivan Chan.