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The Darkest Hour: Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 6, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Timur Bekmambetov, Tom Jacobson
DIRECTOR – Chris Gorak
WRITER – Jon Spaihts (story and screenplay), Leslie Bohem & M.T. Ahern (story)
CAST – Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman
MUSIC – Tyler Bates


The world is coming to an end yet again and yet again it is the aliens out to get us. It isn’t America that is the centre of action this time though but Moscow where five people have been thrown together to fight or survive the alien forces. It is an invisible destructive source that feeds of energy and is out to destroy all life on earth. New York, London, Paris and Tokyo have already been annihilated and it is Moscow’s turn now.

The forces seem insurmountable and vicious due to their invisibility. They are given away by electricity but the showing doesn’t do much to lessen their power. The fight to survival needs to necessarily end at a submarine taking survivors out of Moscow but before they reach it, the group have to go through a trial by hell.

The film is a characteristic horror movie, almost template-ish in its entire narrative. It is constructed to provide chills and thrills right till the end and takes ample help of eliminating lives with glee. Bodies fall like nine pins almost leading us to a ‘and then there were none’ kind of anticipation. This, however, makes it no edge-of-the-seat scary movie since the amount we care about the characters is given least importance by the screenplay and direction. The set-up is meagre in building a relation and the progression equally weak. Nothing compelling about the characters or their situations jumps out and performances do not drive us to participate either.

There is large scale destruction all around and immensely threatening consequences ahead of this attack. The film touches upon none nor hints at the larger picture that might await beyond the submarine. It reduces itself to a limited expose of hide-n-seek and run-n-catch between a bunch of aliens and humans, both quite an unimaginative set.

For a scif-fi, horror film it uses tepid effects to recreate cardboardlike giant buildings crashing to the ground and volcanos erupting out of the core of earth with little impact. Its 3D is meant to bring a surge of involvement and shock at exploding debris flying at us but that too does little than dim the proceedings, literally.

With little logic or forceful science behind the alien invasion the film comes across as a somewhat watery experience. It all sums upto watching perfectly healthy building fall to ruins while humans run helter-skelter screaming for lives amidst blinking bulbs. It doesn’t sound that persuasive, does it?

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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