The Darkest Hour has largely flown under the radar when compared to other, more high-profile Christmas 2011 movie offerings (See: TinTin or Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). This unique-looking sci-fi film features a young cast of up-and-coming actors, including Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers), playing survivors of an alien invasion.
The big twist is - these aren't the usual aliens you see an invasion flick, as they are comprised of energy that is invisible to the naked eye.
Check out the official synopsis for The Darkest Hour, which basically explains everything stated above:
In Russia, a group of young adults struggle to survive after an alien invasion.
Ok, so maybe we skipped over the whole "in Russia" part, but I digress. Now, check out the latest TV spot for The Darkest Hour, which is entitled "Survivors" and focuses on the main characters' efforts to...well, "survive." It's clear from this TV trailer that there is going to be more extensive visual effects work in the film than even what we saw in the impressive Darkest Hour trailer.
Some early Darkest Hour concept art highlighted the unique vision that is being employed in order to distinguish an otherwise done-to-death alien invasion sub-genre. Today we have a few images from the movie that also
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Invasion films are admittedly a bit worn out right now - what with 2011 being the unofficial "Year of the Alien." However, to Darkest Hour's credit, director Chris Gorak (while still inexperienced directing feature films) served as an art director on some pretty great flicks, including Tombstone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fight Club and Minority Report, so it's no surprise that the look and aesthetic of this film is catching people's eyes.
Similarly, script writer Jon Spaihts is still somewhat untested, having co-written just one other feature film. Then again, that other film is Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien spinoff Prometheus, which is not too shabby, as far as accomplishments go. If anything, Gorak and Spaihts - and to certain extent, their cast - are in the same boat of being promising talents that could be tomorrow's big-names in Hollywood - especially if Darkest Hour turns out to be a success.
We'll find out for sure when The Darkest Hour hits theaters on December 25, 2011.
Source: Summit Entertainment
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