December 25

The Darkest Hour


Poster for the movie "The Darkest Hour"

The Darkest Hour (2011)

PG-13 89 min - Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction - 25 December 2011

In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race which has attacked Earth via our power supply.

Director:  Chris Gorak
Writers:  Jon Spaihts
Stars:  Emile Hirsch, Rachael Taylor, Olivia Thirlby, Joel Kinnaman, Max Minghella, Veronika Ozerova, Dato Bakhtadze, Yuriy Kutsenko, Nikolay Efremov, Georgiy Gromov, Artur Smolyaninov, Anna Roudakova, Pyotr Fyodorov, Ivan Gromov, Aleksandr Chernykh


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In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race which has attacked Earth via our power supply.



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Country:   United States of America,   Russia
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 December 2011

Box Office

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Summit Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, Bazelevs Production, The Jacobson Company, New Regency Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 29 min

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The Darkest Hour is a spine-tingling thriller about an alien race that attacks our planet using the power grid. A group of five young people find themselves caught in the invasion and must fight to survive. The only catch is that is it hard to fight an alien that you cannot see. War of the Worlds, watch out, you have competition. The aliens in The Darkest Hour are cleverly invisible. They exist only as energy life forms with no physical form.

This family movie guide variation on a classic sci-fi theme has a few twists. Most sci-fi films about alien invasion are centered in the United States or have an international flavor, with the United States playing the hero who saves the world. In this thriller, the aliens land in Russia, which makes it an alien movie with a Russian perspective on the problem. This film is 3-D, so the aliens that you cannot see are bigger and badder, huh? Ok, the effects of the aliens are seen, and those effects are bigger and badderäó_thatäó»s better.

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language, this movie is on par with other sci-fi films of the alien invasion type. Violence is related to people totally disintegrating right in front of your eyes from the attacks by the unseen alien beings. In 3-D, this effect is even scarier! As far as film reviews for families are concerned, there is a party with a few alcoholic drinks present, but the focus of the scene is not on the alcohol. The aliens are scary, they intend to destroy everything on earth, whether it is living or not. All of the explicit language is present, but what does one say when being attacked by aliens with a sight on complete planetary decimation? No, the humans do not have nice words for the alien invaders and this family movie guide does not think that it is any more than one would expect from a sci-fi thriller.

Be forewarned, this movie is not for those under 13. The goal of the aliens in this movie is to feed. They must absorb energy from anything, living or not in order to stay alive. They want to feed on the entire planet, and then when that is gone, they will probably move onto another planet, where they will do more of the same. It is a frightening movie with violence and plenty of psychological drama. The alien attack begins unexpectedly and the world is soon in total darkness. This plays on our deepest and darkest fears. The film takes place in the dark and the enemy is unseen. The entire theme is about how to fight an enemy that you cannot see. The recommendation from this family movie guide is to leave the little ones at home; it is much too scary and violent. For those who do brave the dark movie theater to see it, be prepared, it will prey on your deepest fears.


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