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From the producer of PARANOMAL 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, the couple takes matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION). Starring: Keri Russell (TV's THE AMERICANS), Josh Hamilton (J. EDGAR), Dakota Goyo (RISE OF THE GUARDIANS), and J.K. Simmons (SPIDER-MAN FRANCHISE).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 78
- Fresh: 31
- Rotten: 47
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Those elements are employed with consummate dexterity.
Rotten: Sci-fi and horror fans know to keep watching the skies - but they won't be missing too much if they decide to skip this.
Rotten: Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall.
Rotten: There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.
A MEDIOCRE HORROR MOVIE THAT DOES NOTHING NEW
"Dark Skies" is a largely uninspired supernatural thriller that shamelessly relies on borrowing the same, tired clichés and well-worn ideas from past films in the genre, only to tediously build up to a mildly unnerving pay-off that hardly feels like a twist. The actors do give it their best shot, and some of the visuals are effectively creepy, but even those slight recoveries simply can't make up for the film's unfortunate lack of originality and consistent frights. This sci-fi-horror hybrid follows a young suburban couple whose lives are rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, and it isn't long before they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly extraterrestrial force is after one of them. In a shoddy attempt to enliven its bland story, the flick decides to throw as many bizarre and inexplicable occurrences onto the screen as possible, such as kitchen crockery being set up into impossible geometric patterns and a massive flock of birds slamming into the family's house. Keri Russell and John Hamilton gain a few points for at least committing to their abysmal roles as husband and wife, but their characters are so moronically incompetent at trying to handle the the situation they're in that they simply come across as unlikable protagonists. The two actors who play their kids, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett, don't fare much better, although Goyo's performance certainly isn't half-bad. J.K. Simmons manages to appear in just one scene as an otherworldly expert, but at least he makes the most of his time on screen. Overall, it's pretty easy to dismiss "Dark Skies" as nothing more than a less compelling, more time-consuming knockoff of "Poltergeist" and "Signs." It isn't a terrible movie, per se; just a boring one. The story is dull and unimaginative, the characters are either much too annoying or uninteresting to care about, and the flick's attempts at creating effective tension and suspense are more unintentionally hilarious than frightening. Then again, I guess it was foolish of me to expect anything better from the same guy who directed "Priest" and "Legion." Unless you're a diehard fan of extraterrestrial horror flicks, this moderately chilling yet aggressively tedious sci-fi thriller isn't worth the money or your time.
The "Insidious" of Alien movies
Every movie that held "from the producers of "Paranormal Activity" & "Insidious" honestly has yet to disappoint me! The writters, directors, producers behind these movies truly know how to make great twists and interesting plots. I'll be honest and say that when "Dark Skies" was slapped with the "PG-13" rating, I was worried. "PG-13" horror is def very hit and miss. The commericals did not look groundbreaking either but I was extremely surprised when the movie was over. I loved the movie. Most alien movies now a days are copies of the same idea with little to differentiate one from the other. The greatest way to describe this was "Insidious" meets aliens. I'm a HUGE horror fan and although this is not the greatest horror/sci-fi film ever, there is def some scary and creepy visuals and jump scares that even got me like "Insidious" did the first time I saw it. I know reviewers were very negative towards it but I def enjoyed it and it's one of my favorites of the year thus far. The story worked out so well and the twist ending surprised me. I know that there will always be people that just don't like a film because it's not there thing or what they expected but if you like mild horror films and sci-fi movies, I strongly suggest to see this. It didn't disappoint me at all!!!
a la "Signs"
Not sure why people were put off by Dark Skies. It had a lot of momentum going for it and that's pretty important for a horror film. I really enjoyed the scares.
- Genre: Horror
- Released: 2013
- © 2012 ALLIANCE FILMS (UK) DARK SKIES LIMITED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.