The Darkest Hour
Direction: Chris Gorak
Actors: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby
The world’s safety depends on American bravehearts, it would seem, going by the first movie release of the year. To put it politely, it’s an inauspicious start.
Picking on elements from the Men in Black and Ghostbusters series, the avowedly B-grader The Darkest Hour may actually live up to its title, since it indicates that Hollywood sci-fi sagas have gone bankrupt in terms of both story content and technical flair. The product is in 3D, but today, after the over-exposure, the form has lost its novelty value and impact.
We suffer then, in Moscow, with two American buddies (Hirsch-Max Minghella) who are hitting on two tourists (Thirlby-Rachel Taylor) from their own part of the world. None of the quartet draws our empathy when they are attacked by an evil force.
Pray who or what might evil be? Laughably, they are golden dust particles that devour electric energy and worse. The four American kids battle the odds and it will be no spoiler alert to tell you that the human race survives but, as viewers, we are terminally exhausted.
No acting demands are made on the cast. At the end of this 90-minuter, we leave the auditorium in the darkest of moods.