"The Darkest Hour" Movie Review

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Heart pounding, heart stopping, thrilling, and exciting — these words best describe 20th Century Fox's latest sci-fi action flick offering — The Darkest Hour will set moviegoers into a fast-paced thrill with a bit of paranoia in every scene possible. The movie stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Max Minghella, Joel Kinnaman, and young Russian actress Veronica Vernadskaya.

Directed by Chris Gorak, known for his Art Direction on movies like Minority Report and Fight Club to name a few, "The Darkest Hour's" special visual effects are what set the thrilling scenes made by the visionary director. I especially like the scene where friends Ben and Sean were on the verge of killing by the unknown and unseen alien creature on the streets of Moscow. They hid themselves under a police car to make a blindspot for the alien creature.

"The Darkest Hour" tells the story of five individuals who fight for their lives to survive an unknown and unseen attack of alien creatures which they must defeat in a worldwide battle crusade against the annihilation of human race. Alien-fighting movie has gotten to a couple of notches higher, thanks to the unique storyline and awesome 3D special effects!

Moscow, Russia is known as one of the most populated cities in the world. In fact, in ranked sixth for having the most number of people situating in a certain kilometers per area. What makes me amazed about this film is how the movie director, Chris Gorak, has turned the densely populated Moscow into a deserted ghost town-like place as if noone survives an unknown holocaust.

You can't just forget the storyline of "The Darkest Hour" because for me, it's just one-of-a-kind. Just imagine aliens invade the Earth for its mineral and energy as their food instead of eating flesh is something beyond the stereotypical alien invasion movies. Yes, there was annihilation involved, however, this is due to the electric energy that these aliens release in their unique armor. I think, the films commercial appeal would be on its strongest points — the storyline and the 3D visual effects! You just have to watch the movie to see what I mean.

Overall, I really enjoyed watching "The Darkest Hour" especially when we watched it in 3D! The effects, thrill, and excitement that this movie gives are something that I didn't usually get whenever I watch movies with similar plots. The feeling of watching "The Darkest Hour" is like having a body tattoo while riding a moving Hummer. For "The Darkest Hour" movie trailer, you may click here.

"The Darkest Hour" is now showing in Philippine theaters.

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