At times The Darkest Hour is exciting and there are some pretty cool ideas there, but overall it’s mainly a let-down. The actors aren’t always believable in their roles and even go so far as to appear to be reciting their lines while trying (and failing) to act out the scene. Apparently unintelligent characters would pop out with incredibly intelligent comments and scientific knowledge. One hero chalks it up to watching Shark Week but even he admits to not knowing how he knows about electromagnetic waves and such.
The plot of aliens with armor that makes them invisible is interesting and their take on electricity and how the aliens need Earth’s metals has a lot of potential. But the story is ultimately ruined by its lack of sense. A woman falls off a boat with her cohorts but instead of immediately resurfacing with them and swimming to the submarine that’s going to save them, she disappears and is found a little while later hiding in a bus at an old bus depot quite a little ways from the water. How does this make sense? But of course she had to go missing else the heroes wouldn’t have had any last minute heroic rescues to perform to drag the movie out a little bit more.
The ending wasn’t an ending which could leave room for a sequel but not likely. It’s just one of those endings that a character narrates as a beginning and points to humanity’s strength and survival instincts as being able to overcome all obstacles. In other words, the ending is very cliché.
The movie’s only redeeming features were that there were times when it was exciting and the special effects for the aliens were new.
The Darkest Hour gets a humdrum 2.7 out of 5 stars.