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Movie Review: ‘Dark Skies’

'Dark Skies' Rated: PG-13 Time: 95 min. My Rating: 1.5/4 stars

Movie Review: ‘Dark Skies’

The scariest part of Scott Stewart’s “Dark Skies” is the opening quote by Arthur C. Clarke.

Everything that follows simply bores audiences into a light nap that lasts for 95 minutes.

Unoriginality and poor casting choices are only the front runners in a long list of problems with “Dark Skies.”

Lacy (Keri Russell) and Daniel Barret (Josh Hamilton) are a struggling suburban family just trying to make ends meet.

However, when disturbing events begin to haunt the Barret family in increasing intensity, particularly to their youngest son, Sam (Kadan Rockett), Lacy and Daniel take extreme measures to ensure it stops.

The only interesting feature that “Dark Skies” contains is its use of scare tactics. One technique includes camera angles that hide certain areas of the audience’s view. Another method utilized by Stewart was a commendable mix of “jump” scares as well as scenes that only add to the creepy and disturbing nature of the movie.

These filmmaking techniques quickly wear out though, due to the film’s lack of originality. It was only about 10 years ago that M. Night Shyamalan’s suspenseful alien blockbuster, “Signs” (2002) premiered. Too many similarities exist between the two films to fool audiences into believing “Dark Skies” is a fresh take on aliens.

Another characteristic of “Dark Skies” that hurts the sinister atmosphere of the film is that all the “scary parts” were revealed in the trailers. As the movie progresses, the audience knows when to relax, and when to grip their armchairs a little tighter.

Finally, “Dark Skies” features a small time cast that does little to keep the audience interested. Hamilton and Russell do not exhibit much chemistry, making the movie more like a low budget, straight-to-DVD horror movie.

The child acting also damaged the film. The two brothers in the film both have very little acting experience and as a result, their performances seem forced.

While the movie does not present audiences with much more than a few good camera shots, “Dark Skies” may produce cheap thrills from the Friday night teen crowd looking for a scare.
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