When I went to see The Darkest Hour, a film that is on multiple "Worst of 2011" lists, the question wasn't the merit, but whether the film was so bad it's good. A bad film that is good for a few yucks makes for a great watch sometimes, and I know I was ready for some such adventure early this year. No such luck.
The Darkest Hour is a dumb, boring film, which is made worse by its use of competent CGI to create a great big pile of nothingness for its 2-hour running time. This film is such a mess that no spectacle unleashed by Timur Bekmambetov's school of filmmaking can save it.