Dark Skies 2013
PG-13 | 1h 37min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 22 February 2013 (USA)
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.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teens
An interesting ride would pretty much sum up my experience of this film.
The director did a smart job in the beginning by introducing the subject slowly and gradually in the sense that although we knew something was not quite right with this suburban house, he did not rush to bombard us with any massive amounts of visuals or gory scenes thus leaving us both intrigued and in anticipation mode. That is a technique not commonly used and achieving that takes skill.
Following that, the story runs smoothly as our characters go from surprise, to shock, then disbelief and acceptance. Good choice of adult and children actors, in combination to the gradual built up made this an stimulating watch.
It was the climax that I found to be rather anticlimactic. Nothing innovative, or even new. Whilst it never ceased to be thrilling, let’s be clear about that, somehow the overdoing of visuals and certain ambiguities concerning the unfolding of the final moments left me somewhat colder.
Still, it is a highly effective and watchable thriller.
Director: Scott Stewart
Writer: Scott Stewart
Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton