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The Darkest Hour (3D)

    Reviewed by Tim Cooper on February 1st,    
    2012
    Fox
presents a film directed by Chris Gorka
    Screenplay by Jon Spaihts
    Starring:
Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max   
    Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman

    Running Time:
89 mins
    Rating: M
    Released:  January 19th, 2012


2/10

 

 
The Darkest Hour 3D is the story of five very disposable young adults attempting to stay alive in an alien invaded Russia. Starring Emile Hirsch (who probably should have stayed lost in Into the wild), Rachael Taylor (who has previously been electrifying in character driven pieces like Transformers) and a bunch of other actors you care even less about. This 3D "epic" is the latest underwhelming attempt from Hollywood to bludgeon us into cinematic stupidity to forever accept mediocre entertainment as the norm. 

On a business trip to Russia Ben (Hirsch) and Sean (the other, other guy from The Social Network) get swindled out of their business plan by Skylar (Played by newcomer Joel Kinnaman when the studio couldn't afford lookalike Alexander Skarsgard). Ben and Sean decide to grow and evolve from their horrible loss the way any good, respectful business man does: they go out to get drunk and laid. With broken dreams and full wallets these modern day gentlemen find the nearest American girls to wine and not so much dine via a suspect backpackers website. All five of the main characters then coincidently meet up in the one club and drink, fight, flirt and take tacky Facebook profile pictures of each other. It is during this meeting of talented minds that aliens decide it's the prime opportunity to hit Earth where it hurts: during an Americans abroad drinking montage.


It is from here the story follows the group through Moscow as it is invaded by Invisible Aliens. Yes. Invisible Aliens. Utilising the amazing technical depth that films like Avatar (2009) and Tron (2010) have shown us before, The Darkest Hour now adds to these achievements by showing us something new in 3D: a 3D enemy you can't even see. The aliens are visually shielded to humans and are only seen as waves of energy when near electrical equipment. This leaves our gang of Calvin Klein models being chased by computer generated lens flares all over Moscow as they try to avoid the electricity bill from hell. Armed with their extreme good looks and perfect makeup, the Glee club sets off on foot to see if anyone has survived. Or maybe it's just to find a working computer to see if anyone "Liked" their new Alien invasion profile pics on Facebook. 

The art of less is more has been demonstrated before with films like Alien (1979) and REC (2007). However, with The Darkest Hour being a deliberate holiday popcorn film, this approach totally misses the mark. It seems the idea springs more from lack of budget than clever script work. This is evident from the low standard of special effects that appear throughout the film. While the main characters are cardboard and forgettable, something has to be said for their perfect hair and their ability to bitch about each other during a time of crisis. Extra characters are dull and seem to have been copied from previous disaster films like Independence Day (1996) and Deep Impact (1998), which weren't strong to begin with.


When films offer more horror through the viewers imagination, the end reveal is a huge moment for the film. The moment when the horror is shown must be more frightening or surprising than the viewers imaginations. Consider cinematic moments like when you first see the other worldly Predator or when Darth Vader reveals his human frailty underneath his robotic mask. In The Darkest Hour the aliens themselves seem like something from a Saturday morning television science fiction show. A low budget and nonthreatening computer generated mess. The same can be said for the rest of the film. If you are a 3D nut, enter at your own overpriced risk. Anyone else should avoid this year's darkest cinematic hour yet. 






 
 



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