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More aliens invasions, this time in the Darkest Hour trailer

08.03.2011

I saw this DARKEST HOUR trailer at Comic-Con and I thought it looked pretty good then. Watching again now, I like it even more. We've seen plenty of alien invasion movies over the past year so it's not like we need another one but at least THE DARKEST HOUR is trying to do something different.

Instead of giving us another round of anorexic aliens with little heads and giant bodies, the aliens here are mostly invisible. And their ability to manipulate (and be manipulated by) electricity adds a neat little twist to the affair. I'm still not exactly sure why the film is set in Russia with an American cast (including Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby) but at least it's not NYC or LA blowing up again. Check it out below and let me know what you think...

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10:27PM on 08/04/2011

Wow!

I already have an infatuation with Russia to begin with. And Timur is an awesome director and this is a really sweet concept. Say what you will but I really enjoyed Wanted for what it was, a damn good time with slick visuals...and Angelina...
I already have an infatuation with Russia to begin with. And Timur is an awesome director and this is a really sweet concept. Say what you will but I really enjoyed Wanted for what it was, a damn good time with slick visuals...and Angelina...
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6:37PM on 08/04/2011

cool concept

It looks very promising... but damn I think that trailer showed too much already! Now I wish I hadn't watched it...
It looks very promising... but damn I think that trailer showed too much already! Now I wish I hadn't watched it...
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9:22AM on 08/09/2011
totally agree....
totally agree....
5:13AM on 08/04/2011
Looks interesting. Certainly a refreshing take on old concept.
Looks interesting. Certainly a refreshing take on old concept.
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2:45AM on 08/04/2011
I like the cast a lot. A whole lot. And the movie looks like it could be pretty cool. I don't care if the aliens are invisible, and neither should you. It's better than another unoriginal alien design.
I like the cast a lot. A whole lot. And the movie looks like it could be pretty cool. I don't care if the aliens are invisible, and neither should you. It's better than another unoriginal alien design.
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2:43AM on 08/04/2011
This looks pretty sweet, but I don't know how long I can watch a movie about invisible aliens. At some point I hope we get to see what they look like.
This looks pretty sweet, but I don't know how long I can watch a movie about invisible aliens. At some point I hope we get to see what they look like.
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2:20AM on 08/04/2011
Really utterly tired of alien movies.
Really utterly tired of alien movies.
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3:19PM on 08/04/2011
not everything can be Twilight and Harry Potter
not everything can be Twilight and Harry Potter
12:56AM on 08/04/2011

Wow, Looks Pretty Awesome

I'm not a big alien invasion movie fan, but this looks really interesting. I think the whole invisible alien concept is really cool.
I'm not a big alien invasion movie fan, but this looks really interesting. I think the whole invisible alien concept is really cool.
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10:21PM on 08/03/2011
I could see the pitch to the studios... Producer: "An alien film with invisible aliens. This will reduce the budget approximately 90%." Studios: "Greenlit"
I could see the pitch to the studios... Producer: "An alien film with invisible aliens. This will reduce the budget approximately 90%." Studios: "Greenlit"
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9:42PM on 08/03/2011
looks good
looks good
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8:37PM on 08/03/2011
Eh. I really hope the whole invisible aliens thing isn't what I assume it to be and that is.... just a trick to avoid spending money.

Oh. And Final Fantasy: Spirits Within did it better! Same sort of orangey glow thing too.
Eh. I really hope the whole invisible aliens thing isn't what I assume it to be and that is.... just a trick to avoid spending money.

Oh. And Final Fantasy: Spirits Within did it better! Same sort of orangey glow thing too.
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10:01PM on 08/03/2011
Spirits Within didn't do anything better than anything.
Spirits Within didn't do anything better than anything.
1:13PM on 08/04/2011
Red, now I know you're wrong. Spirits Within was a good movie.
Red, now I know you're wrong. Spirits Within was a good movie.
7:57PM on 08/03/2011
I refuse to judge a movie based on a trailer but that was really underwhelming and not as serious as I would have hoped for. Invisible aliens? Where's the tension in those scenes when you can't see the beast our characters are hiding from. Totally on the fence about this one... and I fucking hated Wanted.
I refuse to judge a movie based on a trailer but that was really underwhelming and not as serious as I would have hoped for. Invisible aliens? Where's the tension in those scenes when you can't see the beast our characters are hiding from. Totally on the fence about this one... and I fucking hated Wanted.
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9:13PM on 08/03/2011
I agree. Invisible tension, just like the aliens. Feels a little like a scyfy TV movie with a select few FX scenes that actually work. But since it has aliens, I'll still be following this one...for now.
I agree. Invisible tension, just like the aliens. Feels a little like a scyfy TV movie with a select few FX scenes that actually work. But since it has aliens, I'll still be following this one...for now.
7:40PM on 08/03/2011
stupid.
stupid.
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7:37PM on 08/03/2011
I love everything about it, except the young, partying heroes. It's played to the point of zombiehood. I can't bring myself to give a shit about them as characters. I wish they'd made it feel more real with an age range akin to Jurassic Park or 28 Weeks Later.
I love everything about it, except the young, partying heroes. It's played to the point of zombiehood. I can't bring myself to give a shit about them as characters. I wish they'd made it feel more real with an age range akin to Jurassic Park or 28 Weeks Later.
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6:06PM on 08/03/2011

Visionary Director

My ass...thats funny thats really funny
My ass...thats funny thats really funny
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5:23PM on 08/03/2011
It looks like a typical Timur Bekmambetov film: incredible visuals that try to overshadow a generic, shallow plot. I'll probably rent it one day, but I see no difference between this and Skyline.
It looks like a typical Timur Bekmambetov film: incredible visuals that try to overshadow a generic, shallow plot. I'll probably rent it one day, but I see no difference between this and Skyline.
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7:38PM on 08/03/2011
I think this movie could have benefited greatly from an older cast.
I think this movie could have benefited greatly from an older cast.
4:44PM on 08/03/2011
I may be wrong, but it looks kinda weak to me. Didn't like the trailer all that much.
I may be wrong, but it looks kinda weak to me. Didn't like the trailer all that much.
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4:27PM on 08/03/2011
Looks interesting enough, props for not basing it in Los Angeles and trying to think outside the box, though I'm a huge wimp when animals die on screen, especially dogs, took some major cajones to put it in the trailer. All in all though, after Skyline and Battle LA blowing, I'll wait for reviews on this...
Looks interesting enough, props for not basing it in Los Angeles and trying to think outside the box, though I'm a huge wimp when animals die on screen, especially dogs, took some major cajones to put it in the trailer. All in all though, after Skyline and Battle LA blowing, I'll wait for reviews on this...
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4:06PM on 08/03/2011
I'm a sucker for anything sci-fi and it's about time we start seeing some new ideas and concepts.
I'm a sucker for anything sci-fi and it's about time we start seeing some new ideas and concepts.
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3:59PM on 08/03/2011
It's in Russia because it's directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Awesome director.
It's in Russia because it's directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Awesome director.
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4:42PM on 08/03/2011
It's not directed by Timur Bekmambetov. If it was, I would be excited for this film.
It's not directed by Timur Bekmambetov. If it was, I would be excited for this film.
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3:51PM on 08/03/2011
At least it seems different enough, even if it's another invasion flick.

Too bad the trailer gives away a lot :(

My only question is if these super advanced electric aliens need so much power, why not just snatch it from a star? Word on the inter-planetary street is that those things have way more juice than any little planet.
At least it seems different enough, even if it's another invasion flick.

Too bad the trailer gives away a lot :(

My only question is if these super advanced electric aliens need so much power, why not just snatch it from a star? Word on the inter-planetary street is that those things have way more juice than any little planet.
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5:25PM on 08/03/2011
I doubt they could get close enough to a Star without being disintegrated themselves. But who knows.
I doubt they could get close enough to a Star without being disintegrated themselves. But who knows.
3:41PM on 08/03/2011

FUCK YEAH

I thought this shit was going to be weak sauce you know invisible aliens was sounding to scary and cool to be. But holy fuck does that look cool. At first I was getting a skyline vibe. I was like ILL GOD KNOW PLEASE. Then it became something so cool. I'm down.

Looks like it has some good action, Plus the director is mint. Anybody ever see right at your door. amazing film.

I'll be seeing this in 2D> F that 3D shitz.
I thought this shit was going to be weak sauce you know invisible aliens was sounding to scary and cool to be. But holy fuck does that look cool. At first I was getting a skyline vibe. I was like ILL GOD KNOW PLEASE. Then it became something so cool. I'm down.

Looks like it has some good action, Plus the director is mint. Anybody ever see right at your door. amazing film.

I'll be seeing this in 2D> F that 3D shitz.
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3:30PM on 08/03/2011
Wow, this actually looks really cool! Love how the people (and pets) are disintegrated.
Wow, this actually looks really cool! Love how the people (and pets) are disintegrated.
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3:13PM on 08/03/2011

Unlike most other alien movies

we get, 1. a new setting, and 2. new aliens. this looks pretty damn cool
we get, 1. a new setting, and 2. new aliens. this looks pretty damn cool
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3:12PM on 08/03/2011
Surprised to see Emile Hirsch in this. He seems really picky about the stuff he does.

At least it's a different take on aliens this time. The dissolve effect looks really cool.
Surprised to see Emile Hirsch in this. He seems really picky about the stuff he does.

At least it's a different take on aliens this time. The dissolve effect looks really cool.
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3:10PM on 08/03/2011

WARNING!

Just don't cross the streams, Emile Hirsch
Just don't cross the streams, Emile Hirsch
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3:08PM on 08/03/2011

been one of my top 3 most anticipated of 2011

and this trailer looks fantastic.

It's set in Moscow because, as you can see at the beginning of the trailer, this group of friends are on vacation - a sort of Eurotrip and they're right in the middle of it... when shit hits the fan. It's an awesome concept
Glad that Emile Hirsch is in a big action /sci-fi / thriller like this too, he deserves it. Very much looking forward to seeing this one, an alien invasion movie that's actually different. Doesn't take place in states, the aliens aren't
and this trailer looks fantastic.

It's set in Moscow because, as you can see at the beginning of the trailer, this group of friends are on vacation - a sort of Eurotrip and they're right in the middle of it... when shit hits the fan. It's an awesome concept
Glad that Emile Hirsch is in a big action /sci-fi / thriller like this too, he deserves it. Very much looking forward to seeing this one, an alien invasion movie that's actually different. Doesn't take place in states, the aliens aren't humanoid and there's more to it than just them wanting to kill us (even though that's present in a lot of other alien invasion movies, it's never really important, here it seems vital to the story)
Thank god for Timur, one man who brings us sci-fi and fantasy like no other in this day and age
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3:08PM on 08/03/2011
Love the look and feel as well as the originality with the aliens. It's always scarier when you can't see what wants to kill you. That's why Alien worked so well.
Love the look and feel as well as the originality with the aliens. It's always scarier when you can't see what wants to kill you. That's why Alien worked so well.
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