'The Darkest Hour' Review By Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

This film is so poor and misleading, it is a shame!!!
  • OVERALL
    2.0
    POOR
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
English speaking films, rarely venture into non english speaking countries. Not as the locations are not good, just because it does not generally become anything more than frustrating for the audience to witness cast speaking language that is not theirs. Russian characters, as such, should speak russian before changing mid conversation into english, it just doesn't work. It also seems extremely odd to have english conversations when all street signs, locations and any other plot device, written in the language that the movie is set within. This movie does this throughout, with only the constant annoyance being the reminder that it is there. However with 'The Darkest Hour' this is not the stupidest decision that the filmmakers made.

The script is written in a way that will infuriate most audiences. It never feels smooth, due to the fact that many convenient placed narrative shifters are present. At first these do not seem an issue, but by the end of the film, it will have settled in your mind, and will only lead to anger. Characters seem only to be ever introduced in scenarios that they are needed. These scenarios include; to move the plot on/complicate the plot line, to help the main cast with something stupid, or to perish in some way. The audience is never allowed cast members to become attached too.

This is not helped by a sloppy script and wooden acting throughout. Along with the numerous plot holes, that become more apparent as the movie goes on, in latter stages becoming ridiculous, (such as a main cast member falling in to water. Instead of swimming a few feet to safety, she decides to traverse over a mile into infested land). For these reasons this film becomes so bad that in some stages it borders on becoming unwatchable. It is because of a very slow beginning, an annoying middle and rushed finish, along with the other reasons stated, that this film just does not work. How the filmmakers believed this movie to be good enough for investment will cause disbelief to everyone.

A saving grace that this film has, is that if the special effects it uses in the first half. Whilst the aliens are invisible on earth, they do seem to pose a real threat. The effects work very well, and when the killings begin they are done in a shocking but startling manner, the team behind them obviously working long hours to make them all look special. However when they are no longer invisible, they then become so ridiculous that never can you see them as a threat of any type. They look more like a children's cartoon character than a monster. It is a shame as if the makers had decided to keep them always invisible it would have made the film a lot better.

It is also to be noted that the location team, and set design department should garner some recognition. Desolate Moscow locations are portrayed extremely well. With crashed boats, helicopters, and other debris throughout it is testament that their work is extremely good in a lacking film.

Is this film watchable? Yes. Should you watch it? No. With a destiny of continuous television runs and bargain bin prices, why waste the cost of an admission ticket. It is a shame however as the premise was very misleading.

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Comments (13)

  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thomasclarke -- Nope. I've only written five-reviews and two or three of them are just barely decent. The website name is Movieweb, and they do indeed have an account.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx
    Have u got the ribbon and do they decide often, who is movieweb or do they neverhave accounts?

    3 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @thomasclarke -- All right, man. I'll try to do that in your future reviews, because even if there were mentionable flaws in this review, you can't correct it until you become a certified reviewer - which basically means that you have to get this red-ribbon that beholds a title that says "Official Review". You'll be able to receive it when Movieweb feels as though you've earned it by writing a lot of quality reviews.

    I see that you're making progress in your reviews, and that you're consistent in writing them, which is a bonus. Keep it up, and you should have the ribbon in no-time.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx
    ok if theirs anything incorrect please let me know

    3 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @thomasclarke -- No problem. Nope, I'll check it out when its released on DVD/Blu-Ray. I'll also be catching up on the reviews that you mentioned me in.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @Georgia-DiPirro
    Thanks glad im not the only one :D

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx

    Thanks dude have u seen it?

    3 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @thomasclarke -- Nice review, man.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Georgia DiPirro

    Good Review - feel the same @thomasclarke

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  9. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    @forrestgump1
    Will do dude thanks for reading it, glad i wasnt the only one who thought this was badly made.

    3 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    Knew this was bad, the movie not your review. Good review

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. Forrestgump1

    I also share hatred for this film as well .. it was a not well made film .. but good review all the same .. check out some of my "recent" ones when you get a chance man! thanks

    -Gump1

    3 years agoby @forrestgump1Flag

  12. SpaceCowboy

    The Darkest Hour made me appreciate 28 Days Later more. Great review! I agree that it's watchable, but not worth watching. lol

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag