Dark Skies (2013)

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This film is directed by Scott Stewart, the same man that helmed both Legion and Priest. Thankfully this film is a lot better than those two lackluster films…well, it’s watchable at least.

Dark Skies is an alien abduction tale centered around a young suburban family experiencing several strange occurrences in their home, some of which were actually quite creepy. The aliens in Dark Skies were well utilized and creepy to the point where I think it is fair to throw the word “horror” into the sci-fi/thriller category this movie probably gets thrown into by other people.

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I mean, having Aliens harrassing your family and trying to abduct one of its members is a horrifying thing, ain’t it?

There are not a lot of fresh and original ideas here. Clearly there are borrowed elements from other films such as Signs and Paranormal Activity. Surely this is no coincidence considering that the production team involved also worked on Insidious and Paranormal Activity, although there wasn’t too much of Insidious in this besides the family’s legit concern about their little boy.

Some scenes were truly tense, weird and even a touch scary at times, depending on your tastes and how much interest you have with Aliens and such. The problem for me was that the middle section of this film nearly put me to sleep and it wasn’t even that late and I wasn’t even tired when I watched it.

The actors, including Miss Felicity herself, Keri Russel, gave solid performances with what they had to work with.

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Dark Skies is not a bad film and its best moments ought to be commended, but I just wish there would have been more depth to it, and the influence and borrowing of tid bits from other films were too obvious to ignore. Sometimes – heck- a lot of times, horror films borrow from others, but this one was just too in your face to ignore.

The ending also left a lot to be desired and the “twist” was less than inspiring.

Dark Skies is still a well made film with plenty to like, but its negatives are too hard to look away from(or close your eyes from having it put you to sleep with boredom). To me it seems like it would have been better off as some one hour TV special on alien abduction rather than a full length feature.

-JP

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6 Responses to Dark Skies (2013)

  1. theipc says:

    I’m sure I’ll give this a shot when it comes around – nice work!!

  2. I’ll be glad when the twist ending is no longer obligatory. But other than that, this sounds like a fun time-waster.

    • jpthorn says:

      I’m not even sure it’s much of a twist but I think that’s what they were going for. It didn’t really catch me by surprise and I’m not one to be looking for that sort of thing while viewing.

  3. Ahh, I know what movie you’re talking about now. It looked like it’d be mediocre at best from the previews I saw;

  4. mistylayne says:

    I don’t think I’ve even heard of this…Aliens don’t do much for me so I’ll probably skip it.

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