The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

Chris Gorak (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Moscow is the setting for this Hollywood alien-invasion yarn from director Chris Gorak. Following in the wake of such noughties nightmares as War of the Worlds and Cloverfield, Gorak's sci-fi thriller tracks software entrepreneurs Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella as they hide out with tourists Olivia Thirlby and Rachael Taylor after invisible beasties with a ruthless line in molecular disintegration lay waste to planet Earth. Initially, the film is a self-contained affair (like the director's claustrophobic debut chiller Right at Your Door), as the survivors shelter in a cellar for a few days. But then things get predictable after they venture out into a deserted, devastated Russian capital (the movie's most effective scenes) and try to avoid the lethal visitors, while trying to figure out how to fight back. Although efficiently made, the movie is burdened with a perfunctory script and sadly lacks the stylish imagination that co-producer Timur Bekmambetov brought to his supernatural epics Night Watch and Day Watch.


Two software entrepreneurs go to Moscow for a business trip, when invisible aliens attack and begin slaughtering the populace. After several days in hiding, they emerge into a deserted city and, with the aid of other survivors, search for a way to get to safe territory and defend themselves against the invaders. Sci-fi horror, starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby.

Cast & Crew

Sean Emile Hirsch
Natalie Olivia Thirlby
Ben Max Minghella
Anne Rachael Taylor
Skyler Joel Kinnaman
Vika Veronika Vernadskaya
Sergei Dato Bakhtadze
Matvei Gosha Kutsenko
Director Chris Gorak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jan 2012