Dark Skies (2013)
From the producers of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.
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I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
Dark Skies is a moderately spooky film, well made but muddled. Not really a horror film but with hints of science fiction rather than the paranormal.A family with mother (Keri Russell) father (Josh Hamilton), eldest son Jesse (Dakota Goyo) and youngest son Sam (Kaden Rockett) live an ordinary suburban life. Pretty soon things go bump in the night, doors slam, furniture moves, the alarm goes off. One of them sees a figure standing over the bed and strange symbols appear in the children's bodies.They consult an alien expert Pollard (JK Simmons) who tells them that they are haunted by beings called the 'Grays' and other families have suffered similar intervention usually leading to a child being abducted.The film is well made but just generic and never really excites.
I have news for you. You know that crazy guy with anorobigheadphobia? Who boards up windows and thinks the aliens are coming to abduct him? Well, the guy isn't crazy. We had the exact same formula in the X-Files. Actually this movie is a mishmash of different popular movies, so don't expect one gram of originality. Acting was top notch up til that moment when the actors lose their minds, then it becomes a comedy. I don't have much else to say, so let me tell you that I DO NOT WANT my money back. Why you may ask. Well, because if I stuff myself in a restaurant then say "the food was bad so I want my money back," it begs the question: if the food was bad then why did you eat it? You can have a taste and return the food but once it's sitting pretty in your belly you can't get your money back. I was bored and the movie was free since I watched it on Netflix.
The thing I liked most about this movie is that it didn't rely on heavy special effects to drive it. Some of the best movies have little to no effects at all. Instead this movie relies on acting & building suspense & intrigue. It is your typical "alien abduction" type of movie & the plot is not very original. It follows pretty much the same diagram for all alien abduction movies. Mysterious thing lurking around, children are acting weird, caught a shadowy image on a camera, things go crazy & someone is abducted. That is the typical scenario for these type of films. Still there was a good amount of suspense to create some tension for me & overall I liked it. Not great or revolutionary but good. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars or 7 out of ten.
(Minor spoilers ahead) I'm giving this movie a 7 because I am keen on any half-decent movie about aliens and UFOs. (I will watch any horror movie with an overall IMDb rating of over 5.)This movie was certainly watchable and a few of the elements of the plot were actually quite well thought-out. This movie wasn't completely stupid, and with the state of most scary movies that come out, well, that's as much as anyone can hope for, really. Now let's talk about the actors: Keri Russell isn't my favourite gal of all time but I don't mind her, and she worked well here as the intelligent, concerned and caring mom and wife. She got a bit of good and bad dialogue - I loved the bits where she was piecing together what on earth was really going on and trying to explain it all to her hubby. That was quite satisfying. I also liked the interactions with her children. Not sure what the significance was of her being a fakey-wakey realtor, I guess that was just random, and it did leave me sort of wondering why her given career didn't seem to be significantly connected to the overall story, whereas in the case of her husband's job situation, there was a sense of connection there. Josh Hamilton, I adore, and he was great as the knee-jerk skeptic, overall good guy young family man. (Can't believe he was born in 69 btw - he looks pretty fantastic to me. Super cute.) The kids and supporting characters were fine. The movie had a pretty good evenly paced plot, and some good scares. I'm not the type of movie viewer that believes it's best to not ever show the monster, because of the old 'what you can't see is scarier than what you can' - some of my favourite horror movie moments were when the creatures were finally revealed, as the walk by glimpse in Signs (loved that scene, scared the crap outta me!), the creatures in The Descent (some of my favourite movie monsters of all time, though people say the sight of them almost ruined the movie) and the horrendously scary sights to behold that gave me nightmares for years in Fire in the Sky. (These are just a few personal examples.) This being said, I am a reader and I do have a vivid imagination - I also find it a letdown when the monsters aren't hideous enough. But overall, if we NEVER see the monster I am the most disappointed of all. I'm just not into that. Anyway, I'll just say that the glimpses we got in this movie were pretty good, but overall it wasn't quite scary enough. The concept was scary and disturbing - it would have been good to have delved into that in a bit more detail. I like how it didn't try to be super original and the aliens were portrayed as the typical kind you hear about that people report of in abduction cases and conspiracy theories. That was kind of great - it tied it into reality and made you wonder "what if?" I don't think enough has been done with that concept in the movies, actually. There's plenty of room on my shelf for more alien abduction movies!Movies like this usually have logistical issues that I figure a competent team should be able to smooth the kinks out of but they never do, so I almost feel I can't complain about that aspect too much. The storyline had its weaknesses, though, for sure -- we just get served up the 'random' explanation for why exactly the aliens do the specific things they do in their study of humans, which isn't really as satisfying as it could be. The comparison to lab rats was OK, but I feel that a more complex and horrifying explanation could have been dished up just based on the theories floating around on the internet. The ultimate explanation amounted to no more really than "they do it because they can." The ending was a bit of a surprise - I thought it would have been a bit cheesier after the alien expert alluded to the thing that would really "get" to the aliens was sticking together as a family, and then they kind of didn't do that. Not clear why that was the case. The ending definitely had problems -- it felt rushed, incomplete and left important questions unanswered. Lamest of all though was the 'twist' - if you can call it that. I won't come out and say exactly what the twist at the end was, but let's put it this way: it was the type of end of the movie twist that you don't see coming not because the film is so clever, but because it doesn't pack a punch. In the first version of this review I'd said the ending wasn't that bad, but now I've actually changed my mind: in my opinion, it really stunk.Now, despite all my criticisms, at the end of the day if you like alien movies, this is absolutely worth watching! criticisms, relatively speaking.