Choosing to skip the massive crowds of Hall H, Summit Entertainment tested out a unique way of introducing the world to their upcoming alien invasion movie The Darkest Hour by putting together an intimate meet-and-greet between press and filmmakers. A small suite inside the Hard Rock Hotel housed various amounts of still images and concept art from the film, and an extra large television helped debut an exciting trailer (watch for it online next week) that shows a very different type of alien invasion flick; one that's freaky, heady, brainy and action-packed, chock-full of the sorts of things we expect from this genre, but told through some fresh eyes and ideas.
Shot entirely in 3D in Moscow, Russia, The Darkest Hour follows four Americans (played by Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella and Rachael Taylor) traveling through Russia for different reasons who band together when electricity-based aliens drop from the sky and begin destroying the world. From hiding out to partnering up with Russians who may have found a way to fight back, the film dances across a broken city that's desperately trying to survive to see another day.
Director Chris Gorak spoke at length about the aliens (their bodies are the weapons; igniting lethal wave energy that literally zaps people to dust in a matter of seconds) and the ways with which they're testing the limits of 3D by bringing 3D cameras on the move -- and through the streets of Moscow -- attempting a "gritty, on-the-ground perspective" that we haven't yet seen from other 3D movies. Also different are the aliens themselves, who are more dangerous during the day because you can't see them. They use electrical energy to see and smell us, which eventually helps the human race figure out a way to cage themselves up (so to speak) and fight back. Also unique to the film is a comic book -- drawn by 13 different artists -- that follows the effects the invasion is having on other parts of the world. Look for it to arrive in time for the film's December 23rd release.
We'll have an exclusive interview with director Chris Gorak later on this weekend, but in the meantime check out some of the film's slick concept and comic art below ...
Synopsis: THE DARKEST HOUR follows five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D action-thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, NIGHT WATCH) and director Chris Gorak. In theaters December 23, 2011.