The Darkest Hour (2011/Summit Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D)
Picture: B†††† 2D Picture: B†††† Sound: B†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C-
down in history as one of the last big productions Summit backed before being bought by
Lionsgate, Chris Gorakís The Darkest
Hour (2011) did not do well theatrically, even with a 3D release.† Emile Hirsch (still trying to come back after
Speed Racer) and Max Minghella (The Social Network, Syriana) are two young guys who think
they have a big business deal in Russia until they are betrayed by their
contact there (Joel Kinnaman of TVís The
Killing, reviewed elsewhere on this site), then meet some fine young ladies
(Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Taylor) who might make their visit better.
almost invisible aliens have decided to invade the earth and they decimate Russia!!!
is not a joke.† You read that
correctly.† That is the story and there
is so much wrong with this that I donít know where to begin.† Besides wasting some good casting, there is
zero suspense here, the effects of the alien when you can see them is like a
very dated videogame and totally stupid to boot and the action sequences are so
bad they are boring.† You donít even have
anything unintentionally funny.† Going to
had no point for this production and Regency was even involved, but this is a
pointlessly bad work with no real energy, no story, weak plotting and zero
addition, it would look totally like a bad TV movie if it were any worse and
had a lesser cast.† The invisible alien
angle usually does not work and they should have stayed so in this case.† What were they thinking?† If you must watch an invisible menace, try Forbidden Planet (1956, now on Blu-ray
and reviewed elsewhere on this site) or my favorite invisible alien story, the They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be
episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker
(reviewed twice elsewhere on this site) which may have a few bad visual
effects, but makes more sense.
Darkest Hour never feels like it is happening
with any credibility and even Independence
Day has nothing to worry about.
X 1, 1080p full HD MVC-encoded 3-D Ė Full Resolution digital High Definition
image is not bad and has some moments, but it is really no better than the
1080p 2D 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer that actually has some
surprisingly good shots when bad digital effects and tired stylizing is not
getting in the way.† Director of
Photography Scott Kevan (the Death Race
remake) even gives us a few nice demo shots, but this is generally a
presentation that lacks character and is a digital shoot.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is not great but not bad, though
dialogue is more towards the front speakers and too much in the front channel,
surrounds and soundfield are usually solid and better than the also-included lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.† Extras include a feature
length audio commentary track, two Making
Of featurettes (Survivors and Visualizing An Invasion) and Deleted
& Extended Scenes.
-†† Nicholas Sheffo