Movie Review: The Darkest Hour (Rating 2/5)

Star Cast: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby
Directed by:
Chris Gorak
Produced by:
Timur Bekmambetov, Tom Jacobson
Story by: Leslie Bohem, M.T. Ahern, Jon Spaiths
Jamia Journal Rating: **/5

Aliens invade Earth in invisible form, killing and destroying whatever comes in sight. They steal electricity from whatever they find luminescent. Only a handful people survive, and this film follows their quest to life. An awesomely wild imagination, delivered flatly.

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The movie proclaimed ‘Horror’ as one of its main genres, but the content was shocking in itself. Since  it came from reputed Hollywood studios, Summit Entertainment and Regency Studios, the movie brought some burden of expectation along with its announcement. The 3D tag further added to the hype. But a bad production is a bad production, and audience can understand that very well.

The movie is about a race of alien creatures who invade Earth so they can feed on its natural resources. The aliens can be sensed whenever they pass anything that uses electricity. Trying to survive them, and eventually take them on, is a group of young adults in Moscow. They all fight together to tackle the menace crippling the city and eventually achieve their bigger mission, to survive.

The movie gave not many heart-pumping moments. The Darkest Hour falls flat in its attempt to ape some cool action-oriented, alien-bashing flick. In all consideration, the movie can be considered a one-time watch, if you have no other, better options. Popcorn and Soft drinks highly recommended, or a good company, if available. Otherwise you may lose faith in Sci-Fi.

About Aaqib Khan

Aaqib Khan (2015) is a student of Convergent Journalism in the AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre. He can be reached via email at: aaqibkhan[at]

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