|February 22, 2013|
|Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teens
“Dark Skies” is formulaic and borrows multiple concepts from dozens of films, but writer-director Scott Stewart still finds a way to make the most of this familiar story about the most unfamiliar of subjects; aliens. With themes galore and several key performances, specifically Keri Russell, who delves deep for this role, “Dark Skies” produces some hair-raising moments and satisfies with a creepiness all its own. Borrowing plot lines from films like “Signs”, “Paranormal Activity”, and “Poltergeist”, the film never feels entirely unique and makes some rookie choices when dealing with character development and the major letdown of the ending, while a completely revolutionary ending was right at its fingertips.
Despite all its shortcomings, the film had me on the edge of my seat and the constant cycle of nightly events, made infamous by the “Paranormal Activity” franchise offers up a certainty that occurrences are bound to happen. Also, the visuals of the aliens themselves was spot on, providing an updated look to the image with associate with extraterrestrial while still scaring the crap out of you. For the most part I enjoyed this film and thought with a few tweaks, this could have been a showstopper but instead remains an above average alien flick.