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The Darkest Hour (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Emile Hirsch , Olivia Thirlby , Chris Gorak  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella
  • Directors: Chris Gorak
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073U2F2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Darkest Hour (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A sci-fi thriller featuring mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and director Chris Gorak (Art Director Fight Club, Minority Report), THE DARKEST HOUR is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure - and not bad February 17, 2012
Format:DVD
In this movie, four young Americans (including Emile Hirsch, from Speed Racer, and Max Minghella, from Art School Confidential, among others) get stranded in Moscow when an alien invasion (represented initially, intriguingly, as a lethal form of electromagnetic waves) attack Moscow, leaving almost everyone dead. Our friends hide in a sort of basement, and when a few days later, they emerge from inside, they find wholesale destruction, and the news that the aliens have attack planet wide, but also intriguing hints that there maybe other survivors. And soon enough, they find that some Russians have banded together to resist the invaders.

Produced by Kazakh filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (from the interesting Nightwatch franchise) this movie is nothing special but is surely an entertaining outing. Among the plus: the survivors escaping from the aliens in a desolate Moscow, including empty landmarks like The Kremlin and Moscow State University. Among the minus: some of the special effects are really cheesy.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good April 13, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
especially for what looks like a relatively low budget endeavor. casting was good, actors were likeable, dialog felt fresh, the pacing was crisp, and while it followed the usual structure (5 survivors becomes 4, then 3, then 2, etc) it offered a few surprises along the way. it made excellent use of the Moscow location, and the special effects were not as cheesy as you might expect. worth a rental.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE ALIENS January 8, 2012
An alien vs. earth film that doesn't take place in L. A. Two software developers go to Moscow to present their software only to discover the Russians already have an exact copy. Unfortunately the beginning and their talents don't factor later into the film. They meet a couple of other Americans at a nightclub and when it looks like they are going to score aliens attack the planet (story of my life).

These are not ordinary aliens. They are mostly invisible and like Predator seem to hunt by infrared. They kill humans and barking dogs using some kind of microwave beam that causes living things to explode (the cool part). Our focus group of 5 young adults hide in a large storage closet that has food.

Now what? Do you A) stay put until all the food is gone, then maybe venture out to get more food, hoping that the aliens have killed enough humans. And if captured all they would want to do is probe you?

or B) Try to find the US embassy so they can get you back home. Personally I would go with "A" because I know for a fact the US embassy does not have contingency plans for an alien invasion. Perhaps they need to advertise that more.

** mid point Plot SPOILER? but not ending**

Our group chose option "B". Later they discover the aliens can be killed with a "Ghost Buster" looking weapon and there is a Russian sub in the river awaiting survivors...but not for long. They meet people along the way. They gain a few and lose a few.

To be honest I got a bit bored during the alien hide and seek part. There were no monsters to see, so they saved a ton of money on make-up and special effects. I didn't feel much intensity. The acting was okay considering the lack of a script. They needed to add a little humor, maybe a love scene with an "exploding" ending.
Asylum dull.

2 f-bombs. No sex, or nudity. Some hip-hop song lyrics were suggestive.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Busters vs Pikachu April 14, 2012
By Icejon
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My wife and I like to see alien movies. Darkest Hour is more understandable than Cowboys vs Aliens, and the characters are more likeable than Skyline. The steady camera work also makes it less of a nausea fest than Cloverfield. The movie is entertaining, even though it has a few tropes.

Unfortunately most of the time in Darkest Hour is consumed by the heroes running from glowing shadowy angel things. All the running really showcases how nicely Moscow is filmed. Oddly the movie takes the heroes through all the famous tourist spots in Moscow. A nightclub, the highway, Red square, The Kremlin, Moscow GUM(mall), the US Embassy and the famous metro are all setpieces. Perhaps without all the shadowy ghostly things, all of these places in Moscow would be fun to see.

If you are looking for over the top violence, sex, or drama, there is none here. That isn't the fault of the young and unknown actors and actresses, its because you can't really script a movie about running from invisible angel things. The movie has more Deus Ex Machina than the average Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. It's a better movie than Cloverfield but it is begging for some closure.

Close your eyes and imagine Ghost Busters vs Pikachu. If that vision makes you smile, rent the movie!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be so serious, people! April 21, 2012
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I don't know why everyone has ripped so much on this film. When I first saw the trailer, I thought it had an intriguing idea-one I've not seen before. I never went to the theatre to see it because of all the negative reviews. Finally, once it was available here, I went ahead and took a chance. Partly, to be honest, because I am a HUGE fan of Joel Kinnaman.

Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked it. It's not a movie I'm watching because it's going to be Oscar nominated (besides-I usually don't care for those anyway). It gave an explanation for why the aliens are on Earth, how to kill them and the end left you with hope.

It actually reminded me a bit of Red Dawn or the Australian flick, Tomorrow, After the War Began; everything is not wrapped up in a bow but the end leaves you with hope.

I don't know what everyone was expecting, but I thought it was worth watching and did so twice. My mom also watched it and really enjoyed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best
While the official trailer for The Darkest Hour is thrilling enough to pull you in, the movie it's self is more of a let down. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shikapooh 22
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Interesting theme, but the story was stretched out and weak. The alien special affect was good. Overall it's ok, but not great
Published 15 days ago by Pauline Borgens
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL, YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE.
In short words, this movie can actually be scary if you're into watching an alien invasion in the form of deadly light rays that can choke the living daylights out of you. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ricky norris
5.0 out of 5 stars the darkest hour
great dvd just the way I remember it love it thank you go hasting for keeping your dvd beautifully like you
Published 19 days ago by seetheartsoftly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Hour
This action packed film was great to view. The special effects grab you to watch more and more. A must see!
Published 22 days ago by Doug
1.0 out of 5 stars Baaaaaaaaaad
I call any movie I can't remember the names of any of the characters by the ending a terrible movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Movie
I love the movie and it's in great condition, however the reason why I gave only a 4-star rating is because the movie did not come with the movie cover, however it is shown in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool premise
Very cool movie, I would love to see this as a franchise or a TV series. Interesting premise that I would love to see expanded.
Published 2 months ago by xfiler93
1.0 out of 5 stars Reggun Review Of "The Darkest Hour 3D"
Come-on, what a let-down, this fiction story at its worst, pity using the 3D technology for this type of movie.
Published 2 months ago by Reggun
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi concept - worth watching.
Great Sci-Fi with a new twist. Very good special affects. Some of the scene changes were a bit awkward but all in all well done.
Published 2 months ago by Levin Allen
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