Thursday, August 04, 2011

This is the silliest trailer you will see today

Hat-tip: BAD

"Darkest Hour" sounds like pure schlock halfway through it's premise-description - it's "EuroTrip" meets "Battle: L.A." as American teens vacationing in Russia find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion - but attains a kind of brazenly dopey brilliance when you get to the big hook: The electricity-devouring aliens... are INVISIBLE!!!!

That's right - our heroes are running-from, shooting-at and getting blown-up by NOTHING!!!!



The aliens. Are. INVISIBLE.

How can you NOT stand in dumbstruck AWE of any filmmaker (in this case Timur Bekmembatov) having the sheer BALLS to play the "invisible monster" card in a 2011 theatrical(?) release!?

22 comments:

Alade said...

It seems interesting, although I have a feeling that it will turn out horrible. The production value seems pretty good, must be the money they saved on animating some aliens...

Elessar said...

First off, and I HATE that I have to tell YOU of all people this, but Behmembatov is only producing the film, and as Speilberg has proven not once, not twice, but three times with the Transformers film, Producing a film doesn't mean dick. They could have a huge amount of influence on it, or they could be checking the Dailies and picking up a paycheck. It's directed by Chris Gorak, who's previously directed...some film none of us have ever heard of. And Behmembatov has precisely one good film and that was in Russian so...yeah.

Second and more importantly, I think the novelty of that will wear off before the movie actually hits and become irritating. They might decide to be clever with it, but I doubt it.

Jacob Beck said...

Coooool.

All I can say.

Sofie Liv Pedersen said...

Am I the only one whom this reminds of a Doctor Who two parter but with a bigger budget and lacking the goofy bowtie?


I mean come on.. "They are aliens, they can't be seen... they are everywhere! uhhhhh."

One of the biggest Steven Moffat quirbs in Doctor Who, that being said.. Damn I am happy the mans writing is making such a big influence in new tely and movie making! Even Spielberg is an adoring fan :D

The Robotaku said...

I'm probably leaving myself wide open for disappointment here, but I love the idea this time the evil alien army is a race of invisible pure energy monsters... After years of reptile-crabmen I'm totally up for a different take, even if the take could have easily come from the 1950s.

Something else I'm leaving myself open for disappointment: I don't ever want to see the alien's true form.

Puddle Jumper said...

People bitch and moan about the aliens when we see em and people bitch and moan about the aliens when we can't see em. Fuck this.

At any rate, this looks like it could be a great popcorn movie. I'm not expecting War of the Worlds here, but not Skyline either.

Chris said...

M. Night Shyamalan did it in The Happening with a few wind machines.

Chris Cesarano said...

Am I the only one whom this reminds of a Doctor Who two parter but with a bigger budget and lacking the goofy bowtie?

Doctor Who is the "Simpsons Did It!" of the Sci-Fi world at this point.

As for the film, I actually like the look of it, though I'll probably end up hating every main character. Then again, I still really enjoy Cloverfield, despite being about a bunch of people I hate.

Joe said...

I was reminded of the MST 3K riff of "Cave Dwellers" myself:

TOM SERVO: They couldn't even afford to hire villains?
CROW T. ROBOT: Hey, pick on someone of your own opacity!

And yet another alien invasion movie where the aliens' motivations are stupid. Once you have all the energy, why would need to kill all life? Just leave. In a couple decades they'll rebuild their infrastructure and you can come and take it again.

James said...

First and formost i am reminded of one of the things that shaped my childhood, Jonny Quest and this movie reminds me of The Invisible Monster. This episode, a mere cartoon, still creeps me out today of an invisible monster that is stalking your for your bio-electric charge. I may enjoy this movie for the sheer nostalgia

KevinCV said...

@Sofie I'm glad I'm not the only one who was reminded of the Silence from Doctor Who. Although, I was seriously scared shitless by those things, and I'm nearly in my mid-20s! Especially that electricity attack they have. But yeah, Steven Moffat's a genius. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with remaining episodes of Series 6, especially what with that revelation at the end of episode 7... XD *zips lips to avoid spoiling*

Arturo said...

Holy balls

BIll said...

http://www.comicvine.com/news/first-photo-of-henry-caville-as-the-man-of-steel/143412/

In case you haven't seen it Bob

Gamecase said...

Caville actually looks pretty good, but it's a little telling that his crotch is completely in shadows so none of his red briefs make an appearance. And what is with the scaley rubberish parts in the blue? Although that might have been a good look for Cap

Brady said...

so this movie is bad because the aliens are invisible? ya not how it works, and if you actually fucking paid attention during the damn trailer you would notice that they are more or less translucent energy balls, you fucking idiot

Arturo said...

@Brady
"...invisible attackers."
"They can see us, but we can't see them."

Now, SHUT UP

SirRosser said...

As for me, I think it's cool that this movie looks like it might be close to one of my favorite Palladium-published tabletop roleplaying games, System Failure. In that setting, the world has been taken over bugs from space that subsist on, and travel via, electronic devices and power lines. Maybe not the EXACT same thing here, but we're getting closer.

AmzRigh said...

...Invisible Pac-Man?

Sofie Liv Pedersen said...

@KevinCV

It's not only in the silence of the Library it happens, it's one of Moffats most used scary tools saying. "If you can't see it but it's there and kills people, it's scary!" need I remind of the angels weird alien cousins from the season starter this year?

Well.. Rory beats the snot out of Hitler in the trailer, so that's epic win right there.

Rory is just slowly but surely turning into the best Doctor who companion ever..

And well, it's impressive how Moffat manages with a television budget and a very silly looking set making fifty year old fans of the classic show hide behind the couch in fear.

It's the most nerd loved show on earth at current time, loved by adults and analysed and appreciated by adults, as I said, Spielberg himself is an adoring fan. Despite the fact that it's a kids show! Original send in the timeslot meant for the kids afternoon show on BBC! Don't you just love irony?

I love Doctor who, so much :D .... anyhow...

seraphmaclay said...

Does anyone else feel we're going to see a rather simple ending, similar to how "War of the Worlds" ended? I mean, they're coming to a planet with a highly aquatic ecosystem and they're made of electricity. They'd be instantly distorted from touching the atmosphere, and if they touched earth they'd be grounded immediately, thus dissapating entirely. Maybe I'm hoping for too much science to exist in films these days, but I'm putting money on it now that water is in some way their weakness.

cathal said...

Looks like a really fun movie, but what aterrible title! Call the movie "Invisble Destroyers"! (that was the title of a wolverine comic I read when I was very oung, never forgot it cos it's so awesome.)

KevinCV said...

@sofie I wasn't referring to the Vashta Nerada, even though those things were pretty damn creepy, too. I was referring to the Silence, those Edvard Munch-inspired things from the opening 2-parter of Series 6. Those things were really freakin' scary. I think they even rival Moffat's own Weeping Angels in terms of the Nightmare Fuel factor. But yeah, I'm glad Doctor Who has some great recognition, despite naysayers going "They Changed It, So Now It Sucks" whenever a new Doctor comes to call. But I tend to avoid that kinda fandumb, so... XD