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The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour is a Russian-American 2011 science fiction thriller[5] film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The American-based production depicts an alien invasion and stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Joel Kinnaman, Rachael Taylor and Veronika Ozerova as a group of people caught in the invasion. The film was released on December 25, 2011 in the United States.


Two young American men travel to Moscow to sell their social networking/party finding software only to find their software is already being sold by the Russian team they were to sell it to, led by a Swedish businessman. While commiserating in the company of attractive women they and many other people see an aurora-like apparition in the sky. Some of this light breaks off and lands nearby and when approached it disintegrates the human who approached it. More lights fall and aliens, invisible and protected by force fields, start attacking.

The two Americans, the Swedish businessman and two women hide for several days. When they leave their hideout, they notice that electrical devices activate when an invisible alien is near and they soon learn to use light bulbs as detectors since the bulb will glow when aliens approach.

The group learns that the entire world has apparently been invaded. The Swedish businessman is killed and the remainder head towards a light in the distance. The light is coming from a building in which there is a woman and a man, the latter of whom has constructed a Faraday cage that keeps the aliens out as well as a microwave device that he expects will help fight the aliens.

Despite suffering casualties, they meet up with Russian police who manage to wound an alien with conventional weapons. The policemen believe that the aliens are strip mining Earth for metal.

The survivors in the group make it to a submarine and build another microwave gun with the help of the crew, and plan to spread to other survivors their knowledge about how to fight the invaders effectively. They learn that Parisians have managed to destroy one of the alien mining towers and the film ends on a hopeful note.


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