So it’s been a strenuous week with loads of work inside the office and chilling cold to battle outside. I was finally glad to be snug in my blanket tasting on some yum talumein soup in the evening yesterday. So while switching through the channels on my TV, I come across this “Premiere of the Month” feature “The Darkest Hour”on Star Movies.

Now as anyone would speculate, I had assumed the movie to be a run-of-the-mill psychopath thriller with the title and the youngsters gathering through the opening sequence. But as it turns out, it was a wildly creative SCI-FI concept which didn’t quite reach the heights I had anticipated it would. Moscow being the centre of focus, Earth is being invaded by alien forces that view our planet as a mineral-rich hub with abundance of substances which are good conductors of electricity. The carnage of humanity is just a collateral by-product of their plan.

The most interesting part of the movie was definitely the way these extra-terrestrials were visualized. Instead of blood-thirsty monsters or gadget-equipped hunters, these were entities that operate on electricity and are made invisible by the force fields around them. Humans are seen as electromagnetic pulses and turned to dust upon contact by them. And the only effective weapon to defeat them is microwave lasers. Yes, you read that right; Microwave Lasers. Now obviously it was interwoven as a survival tale of a group caught in the middle of this annihilation.

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Now don’t get me wrong, the conceptualization is original and riveting and kudos to the makers for that. But it lacked the taut script and direction which would have made this movie much better than it was. But hey, at least it was unique! So I don’t have much to complain about 🙂