Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Joe Kinnaman and Olivia Thirlby
Director: Chris Gorak
Story: Leslie Bohem
Script: John Spaihts
Genre: Science Fiction, Action and Horror
Duration: 89 minutes
The Darkest Hour, the sci-fiction flick, releases on the Eve of Christmas. Directed by Chris Gorak, the film has been produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the famed Russian producer who is well known for churning out action flicks. Seemingly it appears that the coveted production designer Chris Gorak, the director of this vehicle, has taken the concept of the alien invasion and science fiction horror from the flicks of this kind – War of the Worlds and 28 Days Later. Or you may even term that The Darkest Hour is loosely based around these two movies.
The film revolves around the aliens who landed onto Moscow and the five youngsters come up to brawl against these aliens who attacked the earth through electricity. When the aliens attack the city, the Red Square weirdly gets unpopulated. The thing cannot be swallowed easily.
The execution of the story is weak – no punch, no interest quotient, no attraction and even no horror element attached to it. The direction is simply lethargic and lets you yawn big while seated in theaters or multiplexes. The story has no interest element nor does the script have any alluring element. The screenplay, written by John Spaihts, is badly dashed off. The story by Leslie Bohem is mundane. There is no novelty at all in both story and screenplay. And when both of these things, which are considered to be the life of any cinematic work, are ordinary, the result cannot outshine or emerge with oomph. And the pleasure then finally gets disturbed by the execution, which is simply downer.
The Darkest Hour tells the story of two twenty years old guys – Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella). Their web business takes them to Moscow to bump into potential investors. While on the plane, they feel the electrical storm knocking out their aeroplane’s power. Well, they nonetheless safely arrive at the city ‘Moscow’ where they come across their Swedish partner Skyler (Joe Kinnaman), who has filched their idea. The partner left them at a local night club to relax.
Enter into the scene an American Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Aussie Anne (Rachel Taylor) who easily recognize the guys.
Soon the jellyfish like aliens begin the deadly business by vaporizing the humans. The ones, who get killed, turn into swirling ash. The five youngsters then moor the belts to settle the scores with these aliens who turn invisible.
The 3D effects are used in the movies, which certainly attract to the eyes. The visual effects too take the driving seat to allure the souls. The camera work is average. The direction, as mentioned, lacks a lot. The story and screenplay are simply laced with utter flaws with no novelty at all to offer to the viewers.
Emile Hirsch delivers good performance. Max Minhhella too is a treat to watch. Olivia Thirlby is fantastic. Joe Kinnaman is well with the part. Others are average.
Final Verdict by the Critic:
The Darkest Hour fails to generate the audiences’ liking since there is no novelty offered to the viewers. From direction to story and screenplay, the movie is lackluster.