Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Darkest Hour


Aliens attacking Earth is always a fun premise, even when executed less than optimally.  And that pretty much sums up my feeling about this movie.  It's really just a poor man's 'Independence Day' except this time the focal characters happen to be in Moscow.  And while the setting is different, and the aliens are fairly intriguing, it's the cast and the script that keep this one from being worth your time.  I know Hollywood probably feels you don't need to break the bank on humans or on script in an alien movie, but you really don't want to skimp on the cast or writers.  The unengaging yet attractive all-white twentysomethings here are no Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, or Bill Pullman.  The boys are your typical only-in-Hollywood-films brilliant entrepreneurs yet cool party animals, and the girls serve no purpose but to be dragged around and look good.  Overall the acting is pretty subpar.  And the story never really goes anywhere you don't fully expect.  Nevertheless this is hardly without entertainment value.  In fact, I was entertained throughout its short 89 minute runtime.  So if alien flicks are your bag then by all means go see it.  It's just not a must see.

Grade: C+

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