|U.S. poster of The Darkest Hour|
Story: Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.
Review: The story is so simple that it can be compared to Independence Day. Unlike ID4, it was degraded to a more down to earth scenario. The main characters are not in the military nor do they have the field or expertise that will help them defeat the threat. The main cast are not the familiar names in Hollywood except for Emile Hirsch, whom we last saw in the title role in Speed Racer and Rachael Taylor of TV's Lost. The story was set in Moscow because was the Russian film maker Timur Bekmambetov who is known for his earlier work, Wanted. There were inconsistent minor details the film shows like the duration of days should the characters developed their facial features like the men, who should have managed to grow a mustache or beard. The first survivors haven't changed a bit. As for the science used in the movie, I have yet to ask the right people if it's accurate. Nevertheless, the climax was also intense throughout this sci-fi thriller. The 3D was also an added entertainment to make you interact more with the movie. It took the movie long to be shown here because it was released in U.S. on Christmas Day and the Metro Manila Film Fest just started. The Darkest Hour is released and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox and it opens in Philippine cinemas on January 25.