The Darkest Hour

December 25th, 2011


The Darkest Hour

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

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.0/10 (5,804 voted)

Critic's Score: 16/100

Director: Chris Gorak

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella

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

Writers: Jon Spaihts, Leslie Bohem

Emile Hirsch - Sean
Olivia Thirlby - Natalie
Max Minghella - Ben
Rachael Taylor - Anne
Joel Kinnaman - Skyler
Veronika Ozerova - Vika
Dato Bakhtadze - Sergei
Yuriy Kutsenko - Matvei (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Nikolay Efremov - Sasha (as Nikolai Efremov)
Vladimir Jaglich - Boris
Artur Smolyaninov - Yuri (as Arthur Smoljaninov)
Anna Roudakova - Tess
Pyotr Fyodorov - Anton Batkin
Ivan Gromov - Bartender No. 1
Alexsandr Chernyh - Bartender No. 2

Taglines: Survive The Holidays


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Release Date: 25 December 2011

Filming Locations: Academy of Science Plaza, Moscow, Russia

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,000,000 (USA) (25 December 2011) (2324 Screens)

Gross: $21,336,951 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Not screened in advance for North American critics.

Factual errors: A good Faraday cage (like the kind you would expect to ward off sentient energy-stealing aliens) won't allow radio transmissions in or out. So cellphones and radios won't work without some intentionally clever allowances.

Sean: They came here with a plan.

User Review

Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen

Rating: 1/10

The Darkest Hour is without a doubt one of the absolute worst films I've ever seen. You know how some really bad films are so bad that they're actually sort of good/funny? This isn't one of them. It's just plain bad. If it were a made-for-TV movie, it would still be one of the worst I've ever seen. The only positive thing I can say about the film is it has an interesting premise. The actual end product, however, is sickeningly dull. We had two children with us and they were bored out of their minds.

The plot is rife with clichés. Character development is hollow and heartless. The script is dreadful. No one in the theatre laughed at any of the jokes. The aliens are horribly designed. It's not scary. It's not thrilling. And don't even get me started on the soundtrack...

Ultimately, this movie is an insult to sci-fi and just cinema in general. I shudder to think of the amount of time and money put into this film that could have been used for something infinitely better. Please don't contribute to the waste.


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