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The Darkest Hour [Blu-ray] [2011]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (149 out of 180)

    Special Features


    • The Darkest Hour: Survivors
    • The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion
    • Deleted and extended scenes
    • Audio commentary

    Synopsis


    The Darkest Hour
    Director Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) teams with producer Timur Bekmambetov for this tense apocalyptic thriller centering on the fight for survival waged by five youths who find themselves stranded in Moscow during an alien invasion. As the invisible extraterrestrials absorb all of Earth's energy and life forms, finding a means of escaping the unstoppable attackers becomes a seemingly impossible task. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, and Max Minghella star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Emile Hirsch
      Emile Hirsch - Sean
    • Olivia Thirlby
      Olivia Thirlby - Natalie
    • Max Minghella
      Max Minghella - Ben
    • Rachael Taylor
      Rachael Taylor - Anne
    • Joel Kinnaman
      Joel Kinnaman - Skyler



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 180 reviews

    83%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A simple movie that's fun to watch!

      Posted
      ShopperNJ
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      I'm not sure why this movie has gotten less than stellar reviews? For the genre that it's in, it does exactly what it supposed to do! It gives you a monster you're supposed to fight, you fight it, and you win. Either way, I enjoy watching this film. One of the reasons is that it's a short film, and doesn't try to be something that it's not. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the acting, the visuals. The Blu-ray looks excellent, And the audio sounds great! I re-purchases this Blu-ray so I can get it in 3-D, and at the time, Best Buy was selling it for a very good price. The downside of this, is that I still don't have a 3-D TV, so I'm sorry, but I can't review this aspect of the disk. It has a number of small featurette's as extras. And I did listen to the audio commentary by the director, which I enjoyed very much. Both 3-D and 2-D are on the same disk. You also may be interested to know, that the movie was actually shot in 3-D, and not converted. Also, that was actually shot in Russia. So what am I saying? I'm saying that if you like this genre of movie, you should really enjoy this one! And I only gave this four stars, because I can't review the 3-D for you. Otherwise, I would give it a five!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as I'd hoped.

      Posted
      Deathmagnetik
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      Judging from the previews, I knew not to expect much from this movie even though I did see some potential. The overall concept was solid, but the plot never really got off the ground. Story-telling mistakes and lack of substance really hold back any sense of emotion or suspense. The 15-minute climax was nothing more than a desperate attempt to stretch the film past the 1-hour mark. The 3D aspect doesn't help this movie at all because there's so little to see. They had tons of oppurtunity to add some gripping 3D effects to keep the viewer intrigued, but they let almost every chance slip by. As a result, you get an uninspired film that couldn't be saved by the 3D gimmick. Film Experience: 2 of 5 3D Experience: 2 of 5

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice moments but too formulaic

      Posted
      beadyeyes123
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      When commercials ran for The Darkest Hour as it hit theaters, I was pretty excited about it. Looked really cool and had a good cast I thought at the time. When I finally saw the film, it has some really interesting and tense moments as we follow our heroes around Moscow as they figure out what is going on and how to avoid the alien invaders. As the movie progresses, it becomes formulaic and paint by numbers. Overall, not a bad alien invasion story, good effects and good acting make this a worthwhile addition to any sci fi geek's collection.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not Very Engaging

      Posted
      Stanger07
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      For a sci-fi movie, look elsewhere for something better. The characters were not engaging enough for me to actually care about them, so that killed the movie for me right there. This movie could have been so much better with an improved plot and script. The special effects were good, the aliens were scary (for the brief times that you'd actually see them), and the actors were adequate. Also, the ending was unsatisfying. Technically, the blu ray picture and audio was excellent. For $5, I got what I paid for. I would not pay full price for this movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      blu ray only makes it better

      Posted
      calbaker
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      I originally watched this movie on a DVD I rented. Having not heard anything about the movie I selected it based on the plot outline and strength of the cast that I recognized. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie and when the opportunity to view it in blu ray came along I wanted to see it in the higher definition format. The movie is only that much better in blu ray especially some of the scenes with electrical charges against the dark back drops. It's a fun movie in general and better in the blu ray format.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Ok

      Posted
      Kamahama3x
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      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      Great series available in a 4 disc bluray set. Available with the theatrical and unrated versions plus extra features. The case itself is on the bigger side similar to a Criterion bluray case has a slipcover. Although these aren't full restorations the picture quality is better then the DVDS. These are the best in the series the other spin offs although worth a laugh aren't the origanals. Well worth the $17.99 I paid for them. Pick it up if your a fan of the series.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A guilty pleasure - and not bad

      Posted
      DonnK
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      Produced by Kazakh filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (from the interesting Nightwatch franchise) this movie is nothing special but is surely an entertaining outing. Among the plus: the survivors escaping from the aliens in a desolate Moscow, including empty landmarks like The Kremlin and Moscow State University. Among the minus: some of the special effects are really cheesy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very Well Done

      Posted
      SGuy
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      I never heard of this movie until I seen it in the store and based off a sales associates advice, I purchased the movie. I was very surprised of how much I enjoyed this movie. Has a good plot and a nice pace/flow to the story line. I thought the acting was good and very well done visual effects. Good movie at a great price.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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