THE Dullest Hour would be a more fitting summation of this special effects-laden thriller, which witnesses a devastating alien attack from the perspective of five young people trapped in Moscow.
Images of the deserted Russian capital are chilling and the city’s impressive architecture and landmarks are showcased as survivors search for pockets of human resistance amid the rubble.
But the screenwriter doesn’t have a good ear for dialogue and his characters are two-dimensional and disposable.
His invaders are invisible to the human eye then, for the sake of cinematic thrills, he has to half-bake some hokey science to reveal the extra-terrestrials’ corporeal form so they can be destroyed.
The creature design – sour-faced trolls in spinning, electrified orbs – is not the visual effects department’s finest hour, and the big reveal is greeted with hoots of derision.