MOVIE REVIEW: DARK SKIES (2013)Posted: March 21, 2013
Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett
Director: Scott Stewart
I delayed seeing this movie because I thought it would be a regretful experience. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this movie. It was spooky and thrilling at times, although it did have some faults. Dark Skies doesn’t bring anything original to the horror genre, and in fact it seems to pay homage to some films that came before it, like Poltergeist. I’m not saying you should run out and see it, but definitely give it a try.
This movie follows the typical stereotypes: Daniel (Hamilton), the father, is out of work and super stressed because his family is behind in bills and about to lose their home. Lacy (Russell), the mother, works as a real estate agent and she is starting to lose faith in her husband. Their marriage is crumpling.
Jesse, their oldest son, is a rebellious tween but also very protective of his younger brother, Sam. Sam plays the typical, semi-creepy child who seems to understand the disturbing events that start happening in the family home but he’s unable to properly communicate what he sees and hears.
For most of this movie Lacy scrambles around and tries to figure out what’s causing certain things; for example, one evening she finds Sam in his underwear, standing out in the front lawn in a strange daze. He has no memory of walking outside. Another time she goes into the kitchen and finds glasses, bottles, etc stacked on top of each other in a very artsy-fartsy, this-would-be-cool-if-it-were-in-a-museum way. Lacy herself, along with Daniel and Jesse experience their own terrifying moments.
Of course this family does what families always do in these types of movies, and they consult a ‘specialist’ (Simmons) – who may or may not be a quack – and they vow to fight back against the evil in their home.
Yes it’s cliche, but it does give a few good scares and Keri Russell works well with what she’s given. Hamilton is a bit too exaggerated for my liking and J.K. Simmons is unusually bland. I almost forgot he was in this movie.
I’d recommend this movie if you’re looking for something to watch on a lazy afternoon. It’s not all bad, but it’s not all good either.