10   +   2   =  

darkest_hour2012

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Directed by: Chris Gorak

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella

A bunch of youths must survive an attack from a strange race of energy absorbing aliens in Moscow (or Mosscoww as our American heroes pronounce it). With Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella.

I was a bit disappointed by the 12 rating for a start, and it’s true to say that this film is low on scares and gore. What it lacks in horror though, it makes up for with a reasonable amount of tension, which on the whole gives this film a fairly good pace. The cast were a fairly likable bunch of dudes (and dudettes), but the script was pretty cringing (“There are two main things in society – religion and drink, that’s why I drink religiously.”).

There was also some very bad acting from some of the periphery characters (look out for the dodgy Russian mad max rejects towards the end of the film). Still, the effects that brought to life the energy-stealing aliens were almost beautiful, apart from when they were dissolving people into particles of course. There were also some nice shots of a devastated and empty Moscow, plus you’ve got to love a film where people go designer clothes shopping in the middle of an alien apocalypse. This film is nothing special, but it works on a ‘oh, look at the pretty shiny special effects’ kind of level.

Nothing to write home about but a nice diversion from everyday life.

★★★

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