Sci-Fi Thriller The Darkest Hour Debuts Electrifying New Motion Poster
09.15.11 by BJSprecher
When it comes to the increasingly-popular "alien invasion" sub-genre of sci-fi, you're probably thinking you've seen it all by now, but there are a couple ways in which the latest entry, The Darkest Hour, has taken a fresh approach to the subject. Besides the fact that the action in the movie takes place in Russia instead of the good ol' U.S. of A., The Darkest Hour differs from similarly-themed contemporaries like Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles and Cowboys and Aliens in the way that it shows the invading alien hordes. Or, more accurately, in the way that it doesn't show them — in The Darkest Hour, the aliens are not creatures of flesh and blood (or the alien equivalent thereof), but "of electricity and electromagnetism," and they are all but invisible.
Emile Hirsch leads the cast as an American tourist who survives the invasion of Moscow and teams up with the few remaining survivors to try to combat the aliens. It won't be easy, however, as all modern technology has been drained of energy by the aliens and humans can be combusted with but a single "touch" of the invaders' electrified tendrils, as depicted in the cool new motion poster just released by Summit Entertainment. Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Greg Kinnear also star.
The Darkest Hour was produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Day Watch) and shot on location in Russia in 3-D under the direction of Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door). The screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), from a story he conceived with Leslie Bohem (Dante's Peak) and M.T. Ahern.