Recently pushed from its original August release date to December 25, Summit Entertainment’s The Darkest Hour is a 3D alien invasion movie that takes place against the backdrop one of the world’s most fascinating cities – Moscow, Russia. Directed by Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) and starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, and Rachael Taylor, the film follows the four central characters as they navigate the ravaged landscape of the city while attempting to evade the deadly, invisible aliens that are intent on hunting down and annihilating the world’s remaining humans.
Back in September I was flown out to the Russian capital to have a look at the set and interview cast and crew, in the process experiencing a captivating city I wasn’t sure I’d ever see in my lifetime. In the first part of our visit, we spoke with producers Tom Jacobson and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Night Watch, Day Watch, and Wanted) during an extravagant lunch at the top of one of Moscow’s most historic luxury hotels.
Also included in this section of the report are materials related to the phenomenon of “ball lightning”, a scientifically unexplained occurrence that features heavily in the alien invaders’ method of destruction.
See inside for the full skinny.
The movie doesn’t open until Christmas (December 23) and already Summit Entertainment has blown the lid off Chris Gorak’s (Right at Your Door) home invasions flick The Darkest Hour. This morning Summit released the first trailer that, while absolutely over-the-top energetic, reveals a bit too many plot points. The invaders motives are ruined, it’s revealed that they are invisible, and they also ruin how the vacationing kids are able to see them coming. It also struck me as interesting that we’re already running out of “alien invasion” idea, being that the twist to Darkest Hour is that the kids are “fish out of water” in Moscow. If Hollywood follows the Rush hour trend, the next alien invasion movie will take place in space (there’s a tip for you screenwriters around town).
Ranting aside, Olivia Thirlby’s in the film (she’s crazy hot), and it does look absolutely balls-to-the-wall INSANE (even if you can’t see the antagonists).
The sci-fi horror starring Olivia Thirlby, Emile Hirsch, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Max Minghella is described as a 28 Days-like thriller that “follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.” It was revealed that it was actually filmed in 3-D.
Keep your eyes on the recently launched viral website declaring our impending doom.
At Comic-Con this weekend I had an opportunity to briefly sit down with director Chris Gorak, who made a splash at Sundance in 2006 with the low-budget indie thriller Right at Your Door and subsequently won a high-profile studio directing gig with the upcoming alien invasion film The Darkest Hour.
Following a short presentation earlier in the day in which Gorak, producers Tom Jacobson and Monnie Wills, and cast members Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, and Joel Kinnaman presented a first-ever screening of the film’s intriguing theatrical trailer, I met with Gorak one-on-one to get a better idea of what we can expect.
Just left the Darkest Hour trailer debut at Comic-Con and I came away mildly impressed, and yet still unconvinced whether the film, now coming out December 23rd, will ultimately add anything new to the alien invasion genre outside the unique moscow location.
In addition, inside we got our hands on some pretty cool production art, along with the previously released official still featuring Emile Hirsch taking Moscow by storm.
Inside you’ll find all the goods, alongside a few choice quotes from my conversations with producers Tom Jacobson and Monnie Wills:
io9 score an exclusive look at the cover of “The Darkest Hour” comic/art book, created by 13 great artists who were inspired by the alien invasion film, The Darkest Hour. With the cover by “30 Days of Night”‘s Ben Templesmith, contributors include Brian Churilla Tom Fowler, Mateus Santolouco, Nathan Fox, Brian Hurtt, Jeremy Haun, Ron Chan, Nathan Fairbairn and more.
You can visit Ben Templesmith’s Comic-Con booth (#4500) today to pick up his limited edition poster from “The Darkest Hour” collectible comic book. Only 1,000 available! The book itself will not be released until later this year.
In theaters December 23, the thriller starring Olivia Thirlby, Emile Hirsch, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Max Minghella is described as a 28 Days-like thriller that “follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.”
I’m such a huge fan of Chris Gorak’s Right at Your Door that I’ve been dying to see anything related to The Darkest Hour, his sci-fi horror pic that Summit Entertainment is releasing just in time for Christmas break (December 23).
The thriller starring Olivia Thirlby, Emile Hirsch, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Max Minghella is described as a 28 Days-like thriller that “follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.” It was revealed that it
will be released was filmed in 3-D although I’m not sure if it’s post-converted or not.
In addition to the below first look, a new viral website has been launched declaring our impending doom.