Excerpt: Het gezin van de Barretts heeft het niet makkelijk. Lacy probeert in barre economische omstandigheden huizen aan de man te brengen, terwijl haar man Daniel na een reorganisatie thuis is komen te zitten en nu noodgedwongen op de twee zonen moet passen en het huishouden op orde probeert te houden.
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 perfectly against the backdrop of a nameless American suburb.
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. However it seems that movies about aliens and alien possession have been around for ages and maybe it’s just me, but are there more of them now?
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. At worst it will entertain its audience, at best it will instill a deep fear and reinforce long-held terrors in those who are afraid of the dark and what exists in it.
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. I fully recognize the cinematic mileage of devices like surveillance cameras, nightmare fake-outs, and barking dogs, but was still able to relate to this family and wish for their safety.
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. The bad news is I still can’t decide if Dark Skies was ripping off those movies or simply paying homage. (Seriously, we all have to get together and definitively decide what the difference is between those two things.
Summary: Dark Skies was a pleasant surprise, a PG-13 rated horror film that uses mood and atmosphere in place of sex and violence to tell a good story and to showcase some impressive performances. Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray looks and sounds excellent and while it’s not jammed to the rafters with extras, the commentary and deleted scenes are worthwhile. All in all, a pretty solid release.
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 the monsters/killers/demons. It has few thrills, no kills and doesn't do anything that you haven't seen before.
Conclusion: So I don’t like spoiling things for folks, but I can’t help being honest either. People have compared this film to Signs , but I don’t think that’s fair comparison to make. The family dynamics and breakdowns are there, but I thought Signs was a heck of a lot more creepy and tension filled. I mean remember when there was that movement in the corn fields that made the hair on your arms stand up? I never experienced that here.