PG-13, 89 min.
Director: Chris Gorak
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Leslie Bohem, M.T. Ahern
Starring: Emile Hirsh, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman, Veronika Vernadskaya
The biggest crime of the sci-fi thriller “The Darkest Hour” is formula dependence with out any understanding of dramatic drive. This movie clicks off plot points like a PowerPoint presentation, but is severely lacking in character and story development and good dialogue. You gotta admire Emile Hirsh’s attempts to make some of this goofy dialogue sound like something someone might actually say. He fails, but he tries.
The story involves a couple of Mark Zuckerberg wanna be’s, who are in Russia to sell their travel social connection software program for millions. Why their expertise in networking doesn’t ever come into play later on down the line, I don’t know. The screenwriters must’ve missed that section of the class. After a colleague stabs them in the back, strange lights fill the Moscow sky and begin to fall. It turns out this is an alien invasion. These alien beings, which remain mostly invisible throughout the movie, attack by rapidly burning people into ashes. Since they’re invisible, it doesn’t take long for most of the population to be wiped out.