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 »
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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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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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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 by Angie Han
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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The Darkest Hour, the new alien invasion film from producer Timur Bekmambetov and director Chris Gorak, is trying to differentiate itself from the scores of other alien films with a unique breed of invader: one made entirely of “lethal wave energy.”
It remains to be seen just how unique the film itself will be, but after getting a sneak peek at a trailer and some early concept art today at a Comic-Con press event, I can tell you it will at least look cool. The film centers on a group of young people — played by Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby and Rachael Taylor — who are visiting Moscow when the aliens attack. Together they have to figure out a way to survive and fight back against the aliens, who have no physical bodies and can vaporize them in an instant. Read More »
Many people might have missed this at WonderCon, but the Oni Press booth had our first look at the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour. Described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller, the story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.
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 with a $40-$50 million budget. Summit Entertainment is distributing the film in the states while Fox International is handling international.
Hit the jump to see our first look at art created for the upcoming film.
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Another domino has fallen in an amusing cause and effect release date shift that began when Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret moved from December to Thanksgiving. That forced Rise of the Apes, which had already moved from the summer, to move back to the summer. That then caused The Smurfs to move up into July and now Summit has pushed The Darkest Hour, their 3D alien invasion film starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby from its original August 5 release date (originally shared with The Smurfs and Rise of the Apes) to December 23. Obviously there’s no confirmation that all of these things are related but it’s a little too intertwined to be coincidental, no? Read more after the jump. Read More »
The Darkest Hour is Summit’s 3D alien attack thriller that started shooting in Moscow earlier this summer. The film’s title came true in an unlikely manner, however, and production was shut down due to overwhelming smog from nearby forest fires.
Now the production is back on track, so Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby can get back to work. That’s right — Hirsch and Thirlby, a fairly unlikely duo for a film about ” five young Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.” Read More »
Last week we reported that Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness) would be starring in the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour. Variety is now reporting that Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) has now joined the cast.
Described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller, the story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs. Thirlby will play “a trust fund girl trying to survive the attack who teams up with others to try to defeat the invaders.” Hirsch will play one of the other American tourists.
Production begins in Moscow this June with a $40 million budget. Summit Entertainment is distributing the film in the states while Fox International is handling international.
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