I imagine the writers saying to themselves "imagine if we blended War Of The Worlds with 28 Days Later". And I imagine they thought this was the cleverest idea for a movie anyone had ever come up with. The Darkest Hour is a new alien invasion movie that is exactly that... a mash of WOTW and 28 Days Later. It's another watered down rehash of old ideas for a newer, stupider teen audience. Alien's invade Earth, this time they're invisible. They get around in electrical pulses and evaporate all humans (in the exact way Spielberg's War Of The Worlds tripods did). There are SOME things to like about the movie. It does move at a fast pace and the FX are genuinely good... but there are too many negatives for me. What bothered me the most was the arrogance of the movie. It's essentially a Russian film yet all of the Russian characters speak English for the sake of the protagonists. Set in Moscow it follows 3 Americans & 1 Aussie who are travelling at the time of the invasion. Everyone they meet throughout the movie speaks fluent English... bollocks. This would have been a far more engaging story if the characters were Russian or the darn thing was set in the USA. Not many people are bothered by subtitles these days and given that this was producted by Timur "Nochnoy Dozor" Bekmambetov, I would have appreciated some more respect. Teens will probably lap The Darkest Hour up and that says a lot.