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Plot: As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 21 Feb 2013
Can a science fiction film be given the horror treatment? This isn't something new, like The Fourth Kind, but unlike that film, this one is truly terrifying, especially when you least expect it to be. Granted its credits never fail to remind you that the producers here were also behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious, but look hard for that ghoul set to spook, and you'll never find it. Instead it deals with alien abduction, and boy, has it never been delivered this good, and scary.Written and directed by Scott Stewart, this is a definite improvement from his earlier efforts with <more>
Legion and Priest. Dark Skies lulls you into some complacency, introducing the audience to the Barrett family, who may seem like the typical all American one living in the suburbs, where dad Daniel Josh Hamilton is in between jobs, and mom Lacy Keri Russell supports the household for the time being as a realtor to keep the mounting bills at bay. Sons Jesse Dakota Goyo and Sam Kadan Rockett are the typical teenager and toddler growing up, with a little bit more focus on the former as he hangs out with relative geek company, and is on his first romantic brush with the daughter of his mom's best friend.Then things start to go all strange, and at times begin to feel like Paranormal Activity in treatment for just a bit. Lacy finds herself inexplicably waking up in the middle of the night to encounter things like having her fridge raided by someone unknown, or seeing her kitchen wares and containers stacked in a geometric pattern. These are the more benign encounters, until flocks of migrating birds start to violently converge at their house, and each family member start to behave as if possessed, losing track of time, and being subconsciously unaware during their awake hours. Worse, they also seem to bear the marks of physical harm, and it's not long after that CCTV cameras got placed around the house.But no, we're not given any found footage treatment or first person perspective, because that would be pushing the envelope of familiarity. Instead, Dark Skies relies on good old fashioned storytelling, with a fair bit of conventional devices, techniques and styles to amplify key moments in the narrative that will make you cringe at your seat, or be tightly grabbing onto that armrest when Stewart deftly builds suspense. The horror imagery got strongly built into carefully crafted scenes, which made this many times more effective than the average horror film that had blood, gore and makeup as part of its arsenal, something conspicuously absent in Dark Skies, but demonstrating that it could do a lot more with less.The narrative was kept simple enough to revolve only around a handful of characters, and firmly around the family that allows it to be easily identifiable under a What If scenario, while building one's affiliation with them as they seem nice enough not to be suffering under such inexplicable terms. But what worked wonders here are the technical aspects, from its steady cinematography which is minus all the trappings of badly formed habits that would have made this a blur to follow, and solid editing that instills fear especially when transitioning between lost time. What stood out will be the brilliant sound design of course, adding that layer to bring that shiver down your spine. Watching this with the volume turned off would have neutered the film, and that's testament to how important, and effective this aspect was to the movie.The finale is set to ruff a few feathers, although it may be a stretch to suggest that there would be doors left open for a follow up film. The cast delivered top performances, augmented by technical competency to make this the perfect blend of science fiction with horror sensibilities that puts many contemporary horror films of late to shame. A definite recommendation if you're looking for that heart-thumping thrill ride that's lacking in recent times for the genre fans.
Best horror film I've seen in years! (by dreamrafa)
I have to admit i'm very surprised with this movie, also i'm surprised that its getting low ratings, i guess crap like paranormal activity is whats popular around... Anyway, this is by far the most scary movie in the last 10 years, i could dare anyone to name another movie that can deliver the scare in a better way than this?... yes there are a LOT of clichés, but they are so well done, that it doesn't matter.. Also the acting is simply TOP-notch, which adds so much to the plot... Im a big fan of mashup genres, and this is a great mixture of sci-fi and horror, it takes elements <more>
from many other movies, which is not a bad thing at all... The ending leads hopefully to a sequel, i really think it deserves one...
Out of all of the scary movies that I have see this is definitely at the 'top of the food chain'. Lots of friends found this one very scary but I find myself very good at analyzing and predicting what the next twist or turn will be in scary movies. The only scary parts were when I found myself thinking that something would be scary but then nothing happened...all in all it was a very interesting movie. As soon as it ends start to analyze it!I loved this movie so very much! I went with a big group of people and I had so much fun! Go to a late night showing and it will increase the fun! <more>
I had a great time! Definitely go to see it with friends and you'll have a great time too!
I am completely surprised at some of the low ratings and remarks concerning this movie. My daughter and I just watched it. I hate horrors because I have nightmares all night long after watching one. I stick to the suspense and thrillers. I had reservations about this movie after reading the makers of this also made paranormal activity which I watched and found utterly cheesy. Just my own personal opinion. But this movie I really enjoyed. It kept me on the edge of my seat with my hands at the ready to slap across my eyes. I love a well made alien encounter movie and this movie did it for me. <more>
Lots of jumping moments, lots of edge of the seat suspense. I did not walk away feeling like I should have spent my money on something else!
A movie about alien encounters, which will become a classic. (by bjorn-svensson72)
This really was the best alien-movie i have ever seen. There was lot of things happening throughout the whole movie, and i never got bored. It also feature a few surprises which at least i could not see coming, and the ending came totally out of the blue.I would recommend this movie to anybody looking for a good and entertaining movie, which will send numerous chills down their spines. But i do think that even the most serious watchers of movies about alien invasions and such not talking Will Smith now , will find this film quite entertaining.It puts stuff in your mind you probably will want <more>
to get rid of as soon as possible, and it definitely gives pictures to the worst nightmare that could happen to parents.
I can't tell you how many times this film gave me the chills, the actual chills. Dark Skies is a terrifying film. Nightmarish. From the opening shots where we slowly discover a normal suburban neighborhood with a hint of something dark and unsettling. Than we meet our main characters an all American family a mother and father realistically portrayed by the ridiculously under rated and brilliant Keri Russell and the solid Josh Hamilton and their two sons. But as the film unravels through it's slow disturbing burn we realize there is something wrong here. Late night incidents, strange <more>
happenings like when three flocks of birds fly into their house, followed by bruises and missing time lapses. I won't spoil what happens next but it all culminates into something really horrifying. But the best moments are the small ones in which the family connection is so engaging and than is disrupted by a horrible thought fully realized or a hinted moment that leaves an awful imprint on your cinematic psyche. I can't say that it all hits in the right places the youngest son is badly cast and his performance is mostly unintentionally funny but the film really hits on small intimate fears of privacy, family life and even explores the economic meltdown subtly and coming of age making the proceedings feel so much more genuine. Scott Stewart responsible for the entertaining but mediocre Legion and the abysmal Priest really hits his mark here. He has a knack for telling this kind of story small and more contained. He's lucky to have such a strong cast spearheaded by the wonderful Keri Russell who I just can't understand why she isn't a huge star and hasn't received so much more acclaim. Even know when over an hour has passed I can still feel the echoes of some truly nightmarish imagery. Yes it's that scary. But I'd also like to say as a warning that I usually find films about this subject matter frightening and even more so when they are handled so delicately and intelligently. Dark Skies like The fourth kind and Fire in the sky but even so much more effective is that movie. 4/5
Not knowing exactly what we were in for, having seen only a trailer or two, we were very pleasantly surprised. The last "alien" movie we went to was "Signs", which really soured our opinion of these types of movies. We are interested in the phenomenon and this movie actually handled the subject quite well. For those of us with an interest in the field, it was very believable and it was written well. The pace of the movie made it seem over too quickly - I was ready for more! I left the theater feeling pretty stressed, partly because of the suspense and partly because the <more>
characters made their struggle so believable. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone with an open mind. My husband is a much better film critic than I, and he really liked it too, which is interesting because he is typically drawn to movies with a fantasy component or a lot of computer-generated scenes. Again, having an interest in the phenomenon ourselves, this movie made it very real for us.
I came in to this movie not knowing it was anything but an 'Alien movie.' I expected it to be some cheesy B-rated style thriller with cheesy 'pop out at your face' moments, but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the movie.The actors did a very nice job at their parts, and there were parts where I was left dumbfounded at how the little kids did their parts so well. Trying not to give spoilers! The movie did a very nice job of leaving the viewer with a sense of fear long after the movie had ended. when I walked out of the theater, I, along with almost all of the other <more>
movie-goers, were slightly shaking. As long as you are not too critical to minor details in the movie, it was an excellent flick to give you a good sci-fi scare. I will probably be taking a friend to see this movie in theaters soon.
This movie was actually scary, it even scared me talking about it to a friend of mine like a month after seeing it. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror movies or anyone looking for a good scare. It has lots of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. All in all this movie was a really good movie for getting scared, it wasn't perfect but in my opinion these types of movies are meant to scare you and i think this one accomplished that. So if you are just looking for a movie for scary movie night then this might just be the movie for you. Thanks for your time i hope <more>
you enjoy this movie as much as i did, that is all.