Ask someone to list all the big movies coming out this holiday season and, odds are, they’d forget about The Darkest Hour. Summit’s Christmas Day sci-fi film starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby as Americans stuck in Moscow who must fight an invisible, energy-sucking alien enemy, hasn’t gotten the kind of massive push Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol or Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has. Because of that, it’s in danger of being lost in the shuffle and will have to rely on positive word of mouth to carve out an audience in such a crowded market place.

This latest video, which is actually just an extended commercial, could help that chatter start. Unlike the previous trailers, this one cuts right to the chase and gives us global destruction, invisible aliens and big guns to fight them with. Check it out below. Read More »

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I don’t know what to make of The Darkest Hour, the film that pits Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Mingella, Joel Kinnaman and Racheal Taylor against inter-dimensional aliens who seem to disintegrate earth-dwelling beings as the aliens try to steal Earth’s energy.

I love the idea of an original horror/sci-fi story that tries to create a pretty unique adversary. But what I’ve seen from the film so far hasn’t entirely sold me on this particular approach. Check out a new featurette below from the Singapore arm of 20th Century Fox, and also have a look at a ‘mood piece’ from the same office. Read More »

Summit Entertainment has given us two images to exclusively premiere from The Darkest Hour comic book. The limited edition collectible comic is a collaboration with 13 popular comic artists, “featuring stunning artistic takes on the global events of the film’s post-alien invasion world.” After the jump you can see two of the prologue pages by artist Ben Templesmith. These pages show the early history of the earth and mankind and how the aliens have been hiding in plain sight as lightning phenomena (Summit has previously posted real life examples of ball lightning on a viral website for the movie).  The comic will be available in hard cover, digital download and as a motion comic today (Friday, October 14th 2011).

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Probably the most intriguing aspect of the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour is the film’s unique take on aliens. Unlike your typical movie ET, these otherwordly baddies take the form of “lethal wave energy” that renders them invisible, and therefore extra dangerous, most of the time. And when they do catch up with their prey, their unusual makeup also allows them to kill off the human protagonists in creative and nifty-looking ways. These aliens aren’t content to just maim or kill — any creature with the misfortune to fall into their path disintegrates completely.

Sound cool? The marketing team behind the movie thinks so, too, as indicated by their choice to feature an alien attack as the focus of the motion poster. Directed by Chris Gorak, The Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, and Rachael Taylor as a group of friends who find themselves stranded in Moscow after a crushing alien attack. Check out the motion poster after the jump.

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‘The Darkest Hour’ Concept Art Revealed

In September of2010, I was lucky enough to visit the set of The Darkest Hour in Moscow Russia. I will be posting updates and interviews from the set visit in the coming months. Summit Entertainment has provided the group of visitors an exclusive look at concept art of the locations from the film. The Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour has been described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller following a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs. The image above shows the iconic Red Square, “the scene of desolation in the post-alien invasion world of The Darkest Hour.”

The film stars Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness), and Max Minghella (Bee Season, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Agora, The Social Network). Chris Gorak directed the film, with a script by M.T. Ahern and Leslie Bohem with revisions by Gorak, Jon Spaihts, and Josh Zetumer. The film was shot last Summer in Moscow, and the Russian backdrop is sure to provide the story with a very unique look and tone. Also, the aliens in the film are very unlike the designs and concepts we’ve seen in recent years. I will write more about the locations after I return from my Canadian travels this week. After the jump you can see 12 concept art images from the film.

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As you know, this week we launched a new registered user-only commenting section. I thought since the weekends are always slow here on /Film, why not take a look at the most liked comments of last week. Maybe we’ll continue to post this round-up every weekend and you might even see your comment on the /Film front page. The comments are voted on by you, the /film readers and commenters, but /film editors make the final cut. I hope that in coming weeks we’ll have more longer-form thought provoking points, alongside the quick one-liners. So here goes…

In response to “First Look: Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’’”, SideshowRaheem commented:

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We’ve been teased for some time with info and concept images from The Darkest Hour, the sci-fi film in which Emile Hirsch is trapped in Moscow fighting ball-lightning aliens who have come to take all of our precious energy. The trailer dropped earlier this week, and it seems to hide the ‘true forms’ of the aliens pretty well — if in fact they have true forms beyond being flashes of energy. But a closer look suggests that there is definitely more to be seen, and a couple of images will point that out after the break.

A note: this isn’t some grand reveal, as the images below are right in the trailer. But they pass quick enough that people who only gave the clip a cursory glance might not have noticed the detail. That said, proceed! Read More »

‘The Darkest Hour’ Trailer and More Concept Art

We’ve already gotten a couple of glimpses at The Darkest Hour, but concept art and one unremarkable photo can only tell us so much. It doesn’t matter how nifty the concept art looks if the ideas fall apart in translation, and that image (above) of star Emile Hirsch cowering behind a car could be from any film set in Moscow. So I’m happy to get our first really good look of what to expect from Chris Gorak‘s Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion film, in the form of a trailer. Check it out after the jump, along with a couple new pieces of concept art.

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