Between spies, Victorian-era detectives, Goth punk computer hackers, adventurous journalists, remarkable horses, and "Matt Damon: Zookeeper", there are plenty of colorful characters that will be popping up in highly-anticipated films due to arrive in theaters over the Winter 2011 holiday season.
However, none of those movies will boast villains as gorgeous (yet dangerous) as the fiery energy aliens that invade Earth in The Darkest Hour, a film helmed by former art director/supervisor Chris Gorak (Tombstone, Fight Club, Minority Report) and scripted by Jon Spaihts - a fellow who contributed to the screenplay for Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus.
The Darkest Hour revolves around a group of young Americans who are vacationing in Moscow when the sky lights up with what (at first) appears to be streaming balls of fire. It is quickly revealed that those strange objects are actually extraterrestrials that reduce any organic life form (humans, dogs, etc.) they come into contact with into nothing but crisp shards, feeding off their potential and kinetic energy. Naturally, though the odds are against them, humanity isn't ready to go down without a fight.
That in mind - check out the second trailer and a new TV spot for The Darkest Hour below:
Darkest Hour not only features rising talent behind-the-camera; the film's cast includes young up-and-comers like Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness), Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March), and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing). So, as far as by-the-numbers alien invasion flicks goes, this one reads on paper as having a fair amount of potential.
Of course, as was discussed in connection to the first Darkest Hour trailer, the movie does look like a pretty standard addition to the sci-fi/invasion sub-genre. The characters, dialogue, and filmmaking stye in the early Darkest Hour footage don't come off nearly as cheesy or amateurish in design as those in the 2010 dud Skyline; however, as far as familiar invasion movie tropes go, the former looks to have plenty.
That said - the "pure energy" aliens in Darkest Hour are quite eye-catching and look to allow for some creative action set pieces, as does the 28 Days Later-style backdrop of the abandoned Russian capital. So long as you don't go in expecting Gorak to re-invent the wheel (in terms of storytelling) with his directorial debut, it looks like The Darkest Hour could very well provide you with your money's worth of entertainment.
The Darkest Hour opens in theaters around the U.S. on December 25th, 2011.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers