THE DARKEST HOUR (eOne, 2011) D: Chris Gorak, w/ Emil Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN
The alien invasion takes only minutes. Energy beings fall from the sky, turn most of humanity to ash and kill the power sources, leaving scattered survivors to run, hide and try to figure out how to fight mostly invisible invaders.
That problem leads to some creative action with light bulbs, Faraday cages and homemade microwave guns. The cinematic difficulty inherent in invisible bad guys is dealt with by giving them a unique and spectacular way of offing people.
Along the way, director Chris Gorak gives us a great look at Moscow, including Red Square, the Kremlin, the Moscow River, some high-angle panoramas and interiors at the Lenin Library and the vast, elegant GUM department store.
Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby make plucky leads, but - no surprise - this isn't an actors' movie. Gorak barely mentions his cast when he walks us through the production.
EXTRAS Director commentary, making-of doc, short film, deleted and extended scenes. English, French audio. English SDH subtitles.