The alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour looks to be among the more unique and interesting forays into that particular sub-genre. And after Summit Entertainment’s Comic-Con exhibition today, those earliest perceptions are looking dead on.
The story centers around friends Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella, who find themselves in Russia when the entire city goes completely dark. It’s quickly revealed that it’s not just Moscow suffering a blackout, however, and that the entire word is without power.
Our resident aliens are electricity-based creatures, invisible unless they’re ready to pounce. It’s only in that moment before the attack that power returns to the immediate vicinity, giving their victims a brief fighting chance. Our survivors realize this and gather light bulbs as a means of warning.
Aliens take over, our energy resources are depleted and a group of underground resistance fighters vow to push back the invaders with scientific technology. The rebellion encounters a Russian scientist (Dato Bakhtadze), whose mobile Faraday cage (an existing invention that prevents electricity from doing harm to an individual), affords them their greatest opportunity to fight back.
Alien attacks are promised to be brutal, and the creatures themselves appear to be thoughtfully designed.
In addition to the film, we’re getting a comic book tie-in from Oni Press, featuring the work of a variety of artists – including Ben Templesmith, Jeremy Haun, Pia Guerra and Mateus Santolouco. Since the events of the film are confined to Moscow, the series will showcase what happens during the invasion all over the world.
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