Excerpt: The Barrette family doesn’t have it easy. Lacy is trying to sell houses in all but great economic times, while her husband Daniel got laid off in a reorganisation and now has to keep the Household in order and look after their two sons.
Excerpt: Husband and wife Daniel ( Josh Hamilton ) and Lacey Barrett ( Keri Russell ; who has made a righteous and much welcomed return to acting in the past year, with both this film, a handful of indies, and landing the lead role on FX’s “The Americans” (2013-present)) are an unassuming couple who blend in...
Excerpt: I’m not sure what it is about us as people and our weird fascination with the occult and surreal. Ok, I’ll get right to the point – why are we fascinated with aliens? I’ve no doubt that we’re not alone in the universe and I think that we’re pretty naive to think otherwise.
Conclusion: Dark Skies may be the most terrifying pure alien abduction film since Fire in the Sky . It's straightforward but effectively so. It's smartly cast, its characters are well developed beyond the generic opening, and every piece fits together beautifully.
Conclusion: You don't have to be a cynic to declare that Dark Skies is nothing you haven't seen before. Still, it demonstrates why so many movies dramatize extraterrestrials and unexplained phenomena, because when done right (as this mostly is), you find yourself intrigued and entertained.
Summary: Dark Skies is basically a mixture of Signs , Paranormal Activity and Poltergeist . The good news is I like all three of those films, so I didn’t mind seeing them rehashed in this engaging, slow-burning domestic thriller.
Conclusion: I enjoy a good scary movie and I'm always up for a creative take on alien movies – but 'Dark Skies' is neither. In the same way that ' The Hangover Part II ' was an ad lib of ' The Hangover ,' 'Dark Skies' is a fill-in-the-blank mishmash of every generic scary movie ever made with aliens replacing...
Summary: After a couple energetically ludicrous fantasy-horror actioners, visual-effects veteran turned writer-director Scott Stewart ("Legion," "Priest") somewhat overcompensates in the direction of restraint with the more straightforward chiller "Dark Skies."