MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARKEST HOUR


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DIRECTOR: Chris Gorak

STARRING: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella

BLURB: In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply.

RATING:  5 out of 10


I lost my Apple TV movie rental virginity on this one and after the usual fumbling and not knowing what to expect it was kinda satisfying but lacked anything special to remember it by. Enough of that! The premise for the movie – alien invasion while you’re miles from home – isn’t new and didn’t really have to be because I knew what it was before I rented it. The acting wasn’t bad but it wasn’t memorable either. Emile Hirsch seemed out of place and his jaded presence was a bit too grown up for what appears to have been intended to be a ‘pack’ style movie.

The real star of the movie was the setting – Moscow – and apparently it was shot largely on location there. It looked beautiful even when the aliens had finished with it. The effects were good enough to suspend disbelief but when the aliens are revealed it’s a bit disappointing.

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