‘Darkest Hour’ Trailer: American Tourists Take On ‘Fire In The Sky’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

darkest hour trailer Darkest Hour Trailer: American Tourists Take On Fire In The Sky

Quite the diverse collection of extraterrestrials have invaded theaters over the past several months, haven’t they? Between the metallic Transformers, the sinister creatures in Cowboys & Aliens, and the… spiky balls with sharp teeth in Attack the Block, filmmakers have been forced to be inventive, when it comes to designing these other-worldly visitors.

In the trailer for this winter’s The Darkest Hour, we get an early look at one of the more unusual alien species to hit the big screen in recent memory: orange-glowing electrical waves.

The Darkest Hour revolves around a pretty familiar setup: a small group of people – in this case, young Americans vacationing in Moscow – struggle to stay together and survive, in the wake of a global takeover by hostile forces that hail from another world. As mentioned before, things get a little weird, with regards to what these “unfriendly visitors” look like.

Check out the trailer for The Darkest Hour (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Rachel Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), and Max Minghella (The Social Network) as survivors of the aliens’ initial strike against Earth. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produced the flick, which was helmed by Chris Gorak – who worked in the art department on films like Fight Club and Minority Report before he first tried his hand at directing with the 2006 thriller, Right at Your Door.

The concept of energy-based aliens in Darkest Hour is intriguing enough, if only because of all the questions it raises about how these creatures’ abilities work (ex: Are there only certain forms of kinetic energy they can absorb?). Hopefully, most of those issues will be touched on in the movie, rather than just becoming potential plot holes.

Other than that, the Darkest Hour trailer make its look like a pretty standard alien invasion movie, complete with semi-hokey dialogue (“They came here with a plan!”) and fairly two-dimensional human characters. On the technical side, though, the visual effects (the aliens, disintegrating people, etc.) appear to be pretty convincing and the film looks to offer some picturesque visuals of Russia, looking like a barren metropolis wasteland, a la 28 Days Later, post-invasion. Take all that for what it’s worth.

The Darkest Hour will be released in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on December 23rd, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Hey guys! It’s Joel Kinnaman not Kinnam (feel free to delete this post when fixed!). Cheers.

    • Dolt! Thanks for catching that, Jesse. :-)

  2. Cool looking film! I like the visuals of the people disintegrating

  3. that looked great Speed Racer in Russia

  4. Between this and Battleship, I’m not sure as to which one looks worst. I enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens, thought it was a solid alien invasion story with a different twist of being set in the West. Too bad though that not all these alien invasion movies can be as good as Falling Skies, that show is currently spoiling me big time with how to do an alien invasion project right (it’s so good).

    • thought it was Skyline Two :(

  5. … wake me when it’s over….. another group of instantly forgettable Los Angeles Film School stars, another fake-operatic choral soundtrack, another sound design of zappy electric noises and tweaked explosions… maybe just once, they could split a budget like this into 4 parts and fund a bunch of truly unique, smart indies that actually said and did something.

    • well said!


  7. Forget about the Superhero genre genre weakening, at least they can be highly varied and interesting.

    I am bored to DEATH of Alien Invasion movies. In the last 5 years we have had what, 15-20 on the silver screen and TV with MORE in the works as we speak?

    They can be fun in moderation but when EVERYONE is making one it gets quite tiresome.

  8. finally something a little different/unique, and kinda creepy. might watch this one hopeing some good new killer animal flick, and monster movies come out but done differently like this one and has someone who cares directiong them.

  9. eh just another alien invasion movie /=

  10. Aliens took over 2011 …WOW !

  11. another by the numbers invasion film except with lame aliens ! is it me or is this genre getting worse ! falling skies is well written and acted but the director isnt the best at times :L

  12. Looks good to me. Different idea. Not no typical alien crap. Falling Skies, that show is such a sleeper & not in the good way. That show puts me to sleep every time.

  13. yeah i cant believe they used that “They came here with a plan!” line in the trailer.

  14. Awesome! Can’t wait