The Darkest Hour is a science fiction filmed with real 3D cameras, its special effects are truly amazing and I really recommend this film is seen in 3D, as long as you like the script and the storyline, which lack substance. This USA film with a budget of $40 million, is centred in Moscow, Russia, rather unusual for American films, maybe the Kazakhstan born producer Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) might have something to do with it. This is an added bonus as you get to appreciate the beauty of the city which features prominently in the film.
The whole movie looks like a remake of Skyline and LA Invasion, a low quality “Independence Day”, if you enjoy that kind of films with little plot where the characters spend their time attempting to survive, you might like “The Darkest Hour” too. I can predict however that they will not be winning any movie of the year award, this is a highly predictable movie with very few thrills, which is the entire point of action, sci-fi, horror stories.
You might want to watch it if you have nothing better to do and you long for even more alien invasion films, just do not expect too many twists, the only thing that The Darkest Hour has over other similar movies, are the 3D effects which are very well done, it could have been a great film if it didn’t look like a remake of an over baked topic with poor acting skills. I quite liked the short free digital comic in The Darkest Hour film homepage, you might want to read it, it serves as an introduction to the film.
Synopsis: Five young travellers are stranded in Moscow, their lives will change for ever after a worldwide devastating alien attack destroys most of the city leaving everything in the dark with the youths emerging from hiding to start a fight for survival against an enemy they don’t know.