Emile Hirsch Vs. Invisible Energy Aliens in ‘Darkest Hour’ Trailer

We’ve been invaded by quite a diverse crowd of aliens in the last year. The tentacled beasts of Skyline, the mech-infused creatures of Battle: Los Angeles, the robotic threat of Transformers 3, the old fashioned gold miners of Cowboys & Aliens—extraterrestrials just love planet Earth (and hate humanity’s guts).

And he trend of obliterating the world’s population isn’t slowing down. The latest entry, The Darkest Hour, debuting its first trailer and stands out in both design and location, with the action taking place primarily in Russia. Produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov and starring Emilie Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and The Killing‘s Joel Kinnamen, the movie showcases even more destruction of our favorite landmarks, this time by a group of invisible baddies who enjoy feasting on energy and whiplashing petty humanoids into oblivion.

How do you fight bolts of electricity? The trailer doesn’t offer up too many answers, but flamethrowers are involved, so even if the logic doesn’t click it’ll look cool. Check out the trailer and some nifty concept art below, before The Darkest Hour hits theaters December 12, 2011. Watch the trailer in HD on iTunes.

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.

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