The Darkest Hour (2011)

3.

★★

A very dark 2 hours indeed

Directed by: Chris Gorak
Written by: Jon Spaihts
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella

By now, we movie-goers are used to seeing the end of the world. From alien invasions and zombie outbreaks, to natural disasters and contagious viruses, films depicting the apocalypse have almost always reached for the thrillingly visual when it comes to wiping out mankind. The Darkest Hour, on the other hand, chooses to annihilate humans with near-invisible balls of light waves that only give away their position when they approach electrical conductors. Sounds cool, but with a script that fails to live up to its potential in terms of character, plot progression and style, The Darkest Hour is indeed a dark 2 hours for an audience inured to more heart-stopping apocalypses.

Emile Hirsch has had better days

For one thing, most apocalyptic films thrive on explaining what the freak of nature is, what it can do and how we simple humans can outsmart and overcome them. The Darkest Hour, however, spends too much time running from its mysterious invaders instead of finding clever and exciting ways to elude, and ultimately destroy them. As a result, the film rushes to a resolution leaving us without any satisfying closure or the niggling anticipation for a sequel.

With characters that lack in compelling motivations and interesting personalities, and a surprisingly anticlimactic level of action, The Darkest Hour distances its audiences enough to make them cheer when the end is near.

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