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The Darkest Hour

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4.91 h 29 min2011X-Ray12
In the near future invisible alien invaders have seized control of the world's major cities, seemingly intent on sucking dry any source of electrical energy. In Moscow a handful of young survivors, including Luke and Holly, struggle to get to grips with this unseen enemy and soon find themselves locked in a desperate fight, not only for their own lives but for the future of humanity itself.
Directors
Chris Gorak
Starring
Joel KinnamanRachael TaylorOlivia Thirlby
Genres
Science Fiction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Emile HirschMax Minghella
Studio
20TH CENTURY FOX
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4.2 out of 5 stars

934 global ratings

  1. 51% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 26% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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BrentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Invisible invaders in Moscow.
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A great film that was met with indifference on its release. Ignore that, this is one of the best alien invasion films I've seen since Battle. Los Angeles .
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No1MovieFanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the unsung classics
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I saw this film for the first time on its release last year and it was the first one I saw and I was a little doubtful about it, but decided to give it a chance, and I was not disappointed.
It featured great visual effects, a scary and very tense invasion by aliens which are invisible to us, (echoes of Predator there of course), but they are not exactly physical creatures, they are instead something entirely different, which was the rather clever part.
It seems to me that sci fi films like this come in waves, as do many other genres of course, but these invasion or sci fi films seem to come by a dime a dozen occasionally, and since sci fi is one of my favourite genres, my fav actually, next to supernatural thrillers, it will always be one I will want to try. They're not all great, granted, but many of them thankfully are, and this one took me by pleasant surprise. The characters in it too, and they're usually young, are often pretty unlikeable or you couldn't basically give a damn about them, but in this case, I am happy to say, it was well drawn out in terms of character as well. You did like them and I wanted them to survive. Naturally, when deaths happen amongst them, as one or two did, (no, not saying who), then it really is sad and it makes me hate the aliens. I was really on the kid's side to blast them to kingdom come.
There are some very tense scenes as well, featuring the aliens getting unnervingly close and the way the kids discover how to defend themselves and fight back, (which again, reminded me of Predator, the aliens getting close I mean, not the kids!).
The strange thing is, that it's a film I kept forgetting about, but finally got it recently on Blu ray US edition, since the cover is so much better, no other reason than that, and having seen it again, I was reminded of just how good it was and have now seen it three times already. It's a bit of an unsung classic, not too widely known I don't believe, but it deserves respect as far as I'm concerned, since it's well done and set in Russia, which I suppose makes a change. The only thing I will say about it, the ending, or rather the last minute or so, is a little unnecessary, and you feel it was a bit 'tagged on', and it should have finished the scene before, which would have been perfect, but alas, it doesn't ruin anything.
An underrated sci fi thriller, definitely worth 90 mins of anyone's time.
8 people found this helpful
FVReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Hidden Gem
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For a Sci-fi B movie this is actually pretty good. The special effects are surprisingly good, and the story and cast are fine also.
4 people found this helpful
M. BrookesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engrossing
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Interesting and Logical plot.

Meaningful attrition rates among the survivors
2 people found this helpful
cedricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was ok
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Another disaster movie and now its in Russia. The cast try their best and the movie relies on special effects. I like Olivia Thirlby who gets better in each movie but the story needs a better motive
Keri_jacksonlewisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Would recommend a watch 👍
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Watched on Prime Video. Surprisingly good film! A bit different to other alien 👽 films out there. Special effects not bad, plays on building up tension! Would quite happily watch again so it's staying in my watch list. Recommended viewing 👍
Blue birdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
okayish
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not what expected, kissing scenes and lovey dovey scenes ruin the endings, the two girls were stupid, otherwise good story line,
RPBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly enjoyable
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Aliens try to exterminate humanity movie, but the aliens are electrical in nature which is a good innovation. For once a movie that fits the 12 rating - lots of tension and a few surprise turns, but nothing gory/sexy (little bit of night club dancing but not OTT). People are 'puffed' out of existence in a War or the Worlds kind of way.
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