The Darkest Hour

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2011
The Darkest Hour


The Darkest Hour is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects.

Dove Review

This movie builds suspense as aliens visit earth and a group of characters take them on but begin to be killed, one by one. Ben (Max Minghella) and Sean (Emile Hirsch) are longtime friends who travel to Russia on a business proposal, only to learn the man they had an agreement with has stolen their ideas and no longer wants them attached. Later they run into him in a bar and during this time the alien invasion occurs. Ben and Sean attempt to protect some ladies they just met, Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Anne (Rachael Taylor), but it proves to be the biggest challenge they will ever face.

The aliens are a bit abstract at first, appearing like balls of fire, and it soon becomes apparent when they are near as they contain energies which light up any electrical fixture which is nearby. As the group of heroes learns how to fight them, thanks to a Russian named Sergei (Dato Bakhtadze), they know they are making headway when the evil faces of the aliens begin to appear in the flames when they are weakened and near destruction. A Russian group of “alien fighters” eventually help the intrepid little band, with the goal of getting them safely to a submarine which can take them home.

Ultimately we learn what the aliens are after but unfortunately for families looking for wholesome entertainment, the movie contains strong language and the destruction of several people, who literally are obliterated to dust by the aliens, and this will undoubtedly bother some viewers. We can’t award our Dove Seal to this one.

Content Description

Sex: A girl dances suggestively in a bar.
Language: F-1; J-2; GD-3; G/OMG-7; P-1; B-1; S-22: H-8; A-5; Slang for male genitalia-2
Violence: Several characters are obliterated by aliens into dust; a dog is obliterated as well; some dead are seen on streets; buildings are destroyed and crumble and some are destroyed by fire; a few characters have close calls as they are grabbed by aliens.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: A man shuts a door on a young woman who is trying to escape the aliens and he deals with guilt later on; a man loses a close friend to the aliens; death and grief.


Company: Summit Entertainment
Writer: Jon Spaihts & Leslie Bohem
Director: Chris Gorak
Genre: Action
Runtime: 89 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter