Darkest Hour, The

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The Darkest Hour (2011)

The Darkest Hour is a science-fiction film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) about a group of American tourists who are trapped in Moscow when the world is invaded by invisible, energy-consuming aliens.



Makarov PM

A Militsiya (Police) officer fires a Makarov PM at one of the aliens in the beginning. During the movie several characters are seen with PM pistols, mostly holstered.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
The Makarov is fired
Close up of the Makarov

Stechkin APS

Stechkin APS is a personal weapon of Matvei (Gosha Kutsenko), leader of the resistance group.

Russian Stechkin APS - 9x18mm Makarov
Matvei (Gosha Kutsenko) fires his APS at one of the aliens

SP81 Flare Pistol

Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) finds a SP81 Flare Pistol on an abandoned Russian river boat

Russian SP81 flare gun - 26.5mm

Zoraki 914

Zoraki 914 - 9mm P.A.K. blanks
Vika (Veronika Vernadskaya) aims Zoraki 914 blank-firing only pistol at American tourists

Assault Rifles


Two AKS-74 rifles are seen in the trunk of a police car that Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) hide behind. Later one of the resistance fighters, Sasha (Nikolay Efremov), is seen using AKS-74.

AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
Two AKS-74 rifles can be seen in the trunk of the police car behind Sean and Ben
Sasha (Nikolay Efremov) (to the left) holds an AKS-74 assault rifle. Matvei (Gosha Kutsenko) (center) holds fictional energy gun. Yuri (Artur Smolyaninov) (to the right) is armed with AK-74M.


One of the resistance fighters, Yuri (Artur Smolyaninov), that the tourists encounter in the aftermath of the invasion, fires an AK-74M while battling the aliens. Matvei (Gosha Kutsenko) can also be seen using one.

AK-74M - 5.45x39mm
Yuri (Artur Smolyaninov) wears a suit of conductive materials to prevent the aliens from seeing him.
Yuri fires his AK-74M assault rifle at the aliens
Matvei (Gosha Kutsenko) on horseback holds the AK-74M assault rifle with stock in folded position. Both he and his horse are in makeshift suits of conductive materials.

M4A1 carbine

Skyler (Joel Kinnaman) fires an M4A1 that he found in the building of the U.S. embassy.

Colt M4A1 with 6 position collapsible stock - 5.56x45mm
Skyler fires the M4A1 Carbine at the alien

Mk. 18 Mod 0

Mk. 18 Mod 0 with 4-position stock and RIS handguard - 5.56x45mm
Mk. 18 Mod 0 carbine can be seen on the box in the building of the U.S. embassy

Machine Gun

M249 SAW

M249-E1 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) with 200-round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
M249 SAW can be seen on the box in the building of the U.S. embassy

Grenade Launcher


Another resistance fighter, Boris (Georgiy Gromov), uses a RPG-7 launcher with a PGO-7 scope.

RPG-7 with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
Boris is ready to open fire
Boris fires the RPG-7
Note the fake PG-7L rocket

Sniper Rifle

Barrett M99

Barret M99 - .50 BMG / .416 Barrett
Barrett M99 is seen left behind girls



Sasha (Nikolay Efremov) uses a flamethrower
Note M2 Flamethrower style barrel. By the way Sean carries fictional energy gun.

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