Five young tourists are thrust into a nightmare when aliens attack Moscow in The Darkest Hour, a hum-drum invasion flick from director Chris Gorak. While the otherworldly invaders are a bit different—they strike through electricity—the story feels overly familiar. The actors, including Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, seem totally disinterested. Hirsch is particularly lethargic; if he’d been replaced halfway through the film with Hayden Christensen, nobody would have noticed. The filmmakers try to make up for a lack of charisma by upping the action in the last 15 minutes, and while the action does get a weensy bit tense, it’s not enough to make up for the hour and a half that preceded it.
Director: Chris Gorak
Producer: Tom Jacobson, Timur Bekmambetov, Arnon Milchan, Hutch Parker, Bob Harper and Monnie Wills
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman, Veronica Ozrova, Dato Bakhtadze, Gosha Kutsenko, Nikolai Efremov, Georgy Gromov, Arthur Smoljaninov, Anna Roudakova and Petr Fedorov