A film produced by Timur “Day Watch” Bekmambetov and starring Emile Hirsch should be a movie slam-dunk, right? We’re gonna find out with a review of the now available Blu-ray of "The Darkest Hour" from Summit Home Entertainment. The electric whip review snaps below!
Title: "The Darkest Hour"
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella
Director: Chris Gorak
Runtime: 89 minutes
Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment
The Flick: I can get that we need mindless and below average flicks to fill out the docket of sci-fi movies to forget ("Skyline" anyone?!), but what in the hell is the ever-great Emile Hirsch doing in this dung? The kid who brought back the spirit of Tom Cruise ala "Risky Business" in "The Girl Next Door" and riveted with the exploration of the human landscape "Into The Wild" is cast here as a...gun toting American trapped in Russia during an Alien Invasion? (I didn't buy it for a second!) Not to mention that amidst the multitude of long and mundane moments (and there are MANY!), the aliens and their whip like weapons just aren’t all that scary. Thank god the masterful Timur Bekmambetov, the man behind the brilliant "Night Watch" and "Day Watch," only produced this tired turkey directed by Chris Gorak ("Right At Your Door ruled bro - what happened?!) – I was about to loose all respect for the man. Goofy, daft and hard to watch, I only wished this had been an hour.
Best Feature: The short added for the home release entitled "The Darkest Hour: Survivors" is a five-star stunning piece of work that the film should have been. (And hence the two stars in this review!) Don't know who made it (if it was Gorak he learned fast!), but its riveting tale of survivors around the globe is a taut, slick and well paced – too bad it’s only a short and the movie stinks.
Best Hidden Gem: Again, gotta go with the short – I give credit where credit is due.
Worth the Moola: Since the short is uber-tasty, I say rent this puppy, skip the flick, watch the extra and then return to the store for a scratch in the disc store credit.