A science fiction action movie from 2011 called The Darkest Hour was produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Chris Gorak from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. An extraterrestrial invasion is depicted. As a group of persons caught up in the invasion, Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, and Joel Kinnaman appear in the movie. In the US, the movie premiered on December 25, 2011. On a $35 million budget, it made $65 million in revenue.
Ben and Sean, two Americans, fly to Moscow to promote some software. When they get there, they discover that Skyler, their business partner, has deceived them by already selling a copycat program. Disappointed, the two encounter foreigners Natalie and Anne in a nightclub. All of a sudden, the lights go out, and everyone leaves. They see light spheres descend from Cigarette Smoking Man in the sky and vanish there. Panic is caused when invisible beings start stalking and destroying individuals.
The police squad makes the decision to remain and defend the city after returning to the submarine Cigarette Smoking Man. In the meanwhile, Vika, Natalie, and Sean want to inform the rest of the world of what they have discovered about the aliens. The last two remaining members of the original group, Sean and Natalie, are about to kiss when Vika cracks a joke and breaks the atmosphere. In the last scene, they find out that several resistance factions are engaged in combat in various places throughout the globe.