The Darkest Hour-Review

            Sean (Emilie Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) travel to Moscow to meet with Skylar (Joel Kinnaman) to discuss their successful partnership with the website Ben created but only to receive bad news as soon as they walk in the door. Photographer Anne (Rachael Taylor) and her assistant Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) are on holiday and are living it up with tours and nightclubs. While Sean and Ben let out some steam in a nightclub, they run into Anne and Natalie and enjoy the night with drinks, jokes and laughs. The party quickly dies when yellow bright lights fall from the sky and everyone moves outside to examine it. Then someone steps closer to touch the light only to combust into ashes. The people shatter and scream as each person is caught by the light. Sean, Ben, Anne, Natalie and Skylar run inside to the club’s food shelter and try to come up with a plan to avoid the light that can track energy.  

Review:            Well, I wasn’t rushing to watch this film in theaters because one can pretty much guess the whole layout and ending of the film; in which I was right. The aliens are made of energy and can only track electric pulses reminding me of the movie Predator; nothing special there.  There wasn’t a standout character because they were all clichés: Sean voluntarily took charged with coming up with strategies, Ben was the helping hand, Skylar was the jerk, Natalie was the scary-cat and Anne is the comforter. I was surprised to not see a token cultural character making lame jokes to hide his fear. The fight against the aliens was tiring and lacked excitement. All in all, I will not see this film again.

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