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Review: There's A Reason You Didn't Know Alien Invasion Pic 'The Darkest Hour' Was Already In Theaters

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 27, 2011 2:35 PM
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In post-apocalyptic movies, it’s tough to know whether concentrated ensembles, empty cities and unpopulated streets are a sign of terrific production design or low-budget shortcutting. In either case, there’s a distinct absence of both extras and ideas in “The Darkest Hour,” a mediocre bit of holiday counterprogramming whose novelty value is limited to its Russian locale and the idea that even a handful of genuinely talented young actors could inject some life into a derivative, uninspired, anemic alien-invasion movie.

Watch: Reporter Gets Fried In Viral Clip For Alien Invasion Flick 'The Darkest Hour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 2:40 PM
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Oh hey, remember "The Darkest Hour"? It's the other movie that's opening this weekend, but Summit seem to have a stinker on their hands as it's not screening for critics and the cast don't seem to be doing any interviews for it at all. Sounds great! But the marketing department has to earn their paycheck, so here's a viral clip for the movie that's fairly intriguing, but can't help shake the stink off the movie.

A Batch Of New Images From 'The Darkest Hour' Starring Emile Hirsch & Olivia Thirlby Invade Earth

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 14, 2011 1:48 PM
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In a year that’s seen the alien invasion genre grow in abundance with films ranging from the nostalgic and sweet “Super 8” to the visceral thrills of “Attack the Block,” along with the just plain awful “Battle: Los Angeles,” what’s wrong with squeezing one more in by the end of 2011?

Watch: Club Beats & Destruction Get Mashed Up In International Trailer For 'The Darkest Hour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 6:20 PM
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With all the high profile movies already jockeying for a position in the next six weeks or so, we have to admit, we sort of totally forgot about Summit's "The Darkest Hour." Maybe they have to? The film is about a month from release with nothing much in the way of promo, so this international trailer from Singapore, via /Film, will have to do for now.

Watch: You're Not Going To See The Aliens In 'The Darkest Hour' Trailer Because They're Invisible

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 4:28 AM
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We're not sure what's in the water, but 2011 seems to be the year aliens hit our multiplexes en masse. "Battle: Los Angeles," "Attack The Block," "Super 8," "Cowboys & Aliens" and hell, even "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" if you want get playful about it -- it seems that not a month can go by without a movie detailing visitors from beyond our world. And while big part of the discussion this year surrounded whether or not it was smart to show audiences just what the creatures looked like in this tentpole flicks or saving the surprise for when they hit theater, "The Darkest Hour" solves that problem right out of the gate. These aliens are invisible.

'The Darkest Hour' Star Joel Kinnaman Says The Scariest Scenes Of The Film Are During The Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 11:00 AM
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After his breakthrough performance in the AMC TV series "The Killing" and on the festival circuit with the celebrated "Snabba Cash," actor Joel Kinnaman will soon enjoy not one but two opportunities to stand out on the big screen: in David Fincher’s remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and in Chris Gorak’s alien-invasion opus "The Darkest Hour." Kinnaman joined co-stars Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella as well as director Chris Gorak at Comic-Con to premiere the film’s first theatrical trailer. Afterward, The Playlist sat down with Kinnaman for a quick chat about his character in the film, the scariest part of the film and about choosing roles that allow him to find new, different and hopefully bigger opportunities as his Hollywood profile rises.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Punched Up The Humor In ‘The Darkest Hour’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 5:16 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Talk With Emile Hirsch At Comic-Con Including His Love For 'Avatar'Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Summit Entertainment screened the first official trailer for their upcoming alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of a group of Americans traveling in Moscow who survive an alien invasion and team up with others to try and fight back. Following a presentation by Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson ("Unstoppable"), The Playlist stole a few minutes with the film’s star Emile Hirsch to find out what appealed to him about this role and the character driven elements and humor to be found within the forthcoming film.

Comic-Con '11: Chris Gorak Reveals Aliens Will Have "Lethal Wave Energy" In 'The Darkest Hour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 9:59 AM
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While Hall H and the convention floor bristled with activity on Saturday as studios and filmmakers peddled their upcoming projects, Summit Entertainment herded a group of reporters into a guest room at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel that was made up with images from their forthcoming alien invasion movie "The Darkest Hour." Directed by Chris Gorak, and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachel Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Greg Kinnear the film follows a group of Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow after an extraterrestrial force descends on the planet and causes destruction and terror on a global scale. Check out a few of the first details that the filmmakers released about "The Darkest Hour," whose theatrical trailer premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

First Look: Emile Hirsch In 'The Darkest Hour' - A Russian-Set Alien Invasion Thriller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2011 9:35 AM
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Things have been relatively quiet on "The Darkest Hour" front, a Summit Entertainment 3D science-fiction film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). But now we have our first look at Emile Hirsch in the film, taking shelter in Moscow's Red Square.

Andrew Stanton Says No 'John Carter' At Comic-Con, Says Film Will "Gain Nothing" By Showing Early

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 7:20 AM
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So are studios now backing away from showing off their goods very early at Comic-Con? That seems to be the way the tide is shifting. Just a couple of days ago it was revealed that Warner Bros, DreamWorks, The Weinstein Company and Disney were going to be no shows this year in San Diego. While Jon Favreau will give fans "Cowboys & Aliens" a week before it hits theaters by premiering it at the geek convention, it seems studios are cooling on the idea of sneaking their movies six months or more before they hit screens. "Sucker Punch" and "Tron: Legacy" are probably the two biggest recent examples of films that got big Comic-Con hype only to fizzle or underperform at the box office (and yes, we know a sequel is in the works but you can bet Disney was expecting bigger numbers for a movie they started hustling two years before it came out). And it's not just studio honchos who are wary of questionable impact Comic-Con has on a movie.

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