Dark Skies (2013) Movie Review

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Dark Skies (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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Dark Skies Plot Synopsis:

The Barrett family-mother Lacy, father Daniel, older son Jesse, and younger son Sammy-reside on a quiet suburban street in an unnamed American city. Daniel is currently unemployed, placing the burden of supporting the family on Lacy, who works as a real estate agent. Their two sons enjoy a happy relationship and communicate with each other from their beds via walk-talkie. A number of strange occurrences befall the family. During the night, the contents of the kitchen are rearranged in bizarre configurations. The house alarm is set off when it detects that all entry points were breached simultaneously. Sammy suffers a fit while playing soccer and Lacy is shocked when hundreds of birds suddenly crash into the house. One night, Lacy is awakened by a sound from Sammy's room. When she goes to check on him, through the darkness she sees a figure standing over his bed. She turns on the light to find an empty room. Sammy is found walking away from the house but cannot remember leaving. Lacy, Daniel and Jesse each suffer catatonic episodes and regain consciousness with no memory of their experiences.

Dark Skies (2013) Review

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Dark Skies is another amazing horror movie for 2013. Director Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love) did a phenomenal job with the cast of the movie. I will absolutely see this movie again and again. Dark Skies has jump out of your seat scenes, thrills, suspense, good scares, creepy figures, eerie birds and a series of strange events.

Dark Skies is about an average family who lives in the suburbs and is trying to get by while Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton - The Stare, Louie, Tonight at Noon, Urbania) tries to find a job. The family comes across a series of events but thinks nothing of it until birds start crashing into their home and other extremely strange and harmful events start happening to the members of the Barrett family. Daniel is portrayed as being stubborn when it comes to believing things about the supernatural world. His wife Lacy Barrett (Keri Russell - August Rush, Goats, Austenland, Bedtime Stories, Grimm Love) is a real estate agent who lost track of time and eventually has to stay home from work after potential clients saw her banging her head on a glass door. Lacy woke up several nights to disturbing things happening in her home, her fridge trashed and kitchen dishes stacked in a geometric pattern and also the house alarm turning on with no intruder trying to get in. She took great steps to persuade her husband and finally got him to go with her to see an old spirit guy Edwin Pollard (J.K. Simmons - Jobs, Young Adult, Contraband, Portal 2, True Grit, The Legend of Korra, Men at Work) who has experience with the sort of entities that the family has been experiencing.

Daniel and Lacy have two sons named Jesse Barrett (Dakota Goyo - Rise of the Guardians, Thor, Real Steel, Arthur, Defendor, The Listener, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour) and Sam Barrett (Kadan Rockett). Jesse is at the age where he is into girls and rebels a little against his parents. I kind of felt bad for the mother after her friend confronts her about the marks on Sam’s body. The family went through so much stress from these aliens and now they have to deal with the neighbors and social workers as well. It is bad but I was happy when Jesse beat up his friend over a little squabble.

I totally did not see Dark Skies ending the way it did. I really thought that the aliens wanted Sam and not his older brother Jesse. It made sense though because if it was not for the aliens then Jesse would have died when he was a baby. So in actuality, the aliens helped him to have all these years with his parents. I still did not understand why the parents just stood there though and did not run towards their son to try and rescue him.

  • Dark Skies Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.14
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 5.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.1

About Dark Skies 2013

Title: Dark Skies
Year: 2013
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.07/5 stars from 64,639 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 64,639 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Dark Skies Cast Starring: J.K. Simmons, Josh Wingate, Keri Russell, Brian Stepanek, Judith Moreland, Dakota Goyo, Trevor St. John, Rich Hutchman, Jake Brennan, Marion Kerr, Roscoe the Cat, Josh Stamberg, Tiffany Jeneen, Liz Kouri, Josh Hamilton, Adam Schneider, Kadan Rockett, Jessica Borden, Kenneth Meseroll, L.J. Benet, Andy Umberger, Myndy Crist, Michael Patrick McGill, Annie Thurman, Scott Anthony, Elizabeth Kouri, Ron Ostrow, Sal Velez Jr., Tom Costello, Alexandra Anthony
Dark Skies Writers: NA
Dark Skies Director: Scott Stewart
Box Office: $17,411,930
Production: The Weinstein Company
Website: http://darkskiesfilm.com/
Language: English
Country: USA