Hollywood@Home: The Darkest Hour











Once again it’s time for the end of the world.  But, “The Darkest Hour” fails to see the light and we’re stuck with yet another mediocre sci-fi movie.

Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) are two Americans who hope to strike it big in Russia with their new social app that lets young people find swinging parties in cities all over the world.

Unfortunately, their Swedish partner rips them off and takes the idea directly to Russian investors.  Never mind, Sean and Ben are ready to party at one of the nifty nightclubs they lauded on their beta app.

They meet Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Anne (Rachel Taylor) at this Moscow hotspot.  Then things really get heated when thousands of light balls drop from the sky and start disintegrating everyone in sight.

Our four heroes duck into a storeroom and wait it out for a few days.  They come out of hiding to find that almost everyone is zapped into oblivion.  All that’s left is a coating of dust from the human remains.  The light balls have gone invisible and a few of them are still hanging around ready to “charge” any remaining humans.

It’s never really explained why people are being killed, since apparently the aliens can carry out their master plan anyway.  MUCH of this movie is not explained adequately.  That’s because it’s a lousy story.  Nothing you can do about that, except get a better writer.

The special effects are decent, but limited by the film’s PG-13 rating.  You can kill a lot of people with this rating as long as you never see any blood.  Dust is okay.  Being disintegrated is sort of painless, I suppose.

Despite the film’s shortcomings, I can recommend the 3D Blu-ray version.  I really enjoy this format.  And, “The Darkest Hour” looks better in three dimensions.  Grade: C-