The Darkest Hour shows a more realistic alien attack on Earth

by Paige DeNardi

In this Sci-fi alien thriller, beings from another planet, composed of electricity absorbing matter, come to earth to collect our precious metals. In the process they end up destroying the majority of the planet. Now, a group of four young party goers, Sean, Natalie, Ben, and Anne (Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, and Rachael Taylor) find themselves lost in foreign Moscow with an evil business stealing maniac, Skyler (Joel Kinnaman), with no human interaction, and having to fight for their very existence.

In the middle of the movie, the five survivors find themselves stumbling upon another human guarded up in an apartment complex. It actually turns out to be two people, Vika and Sergei (Veronika Ozerova and Dato Bakhtadze) who inform them that concentrated microwave beams will injure the alien’s protective “shell” giving them enough time to fatally wound it. On their mission to destroy the aliens, three of the survivors are absorbed, and it’s clearer than ever that these “things” need to die.

The movie was something I personally have never really seen before. Sure, there have been plenty of movies about aliens, but they’re usually green little bobble-heads or human look-alikes who act like robots. These aliens came for a reason. They needed our precious metals for food, and they were definitely different from your stereotypical alien. They were just big orbs of energy, invisible to the human eye. However, something gave them away, and that something is a resource we use every day, electricity. The fact that the surviving five could figure this out, and stayed true to each other after one by one they were picked off by the invaders, made the story that much more relatable. Especially since once you started thinking about it, the information made total sense, and if there really are alien life forms out there, seems like the more realistic option.

I would definitely recommend seeing this movie if you’re into modern day Sci-fi, or really even if you just want to see a movie that won’t make you cry or put you to sleep. The story line is incredibly realistic, the characters act like any person would in that situation, making the movie much more relatable, and it’s something new that many haven’t seen before. What’s there not to love about that?


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