Dark Skies (2013)

Dark Skies DVD coverVerdict: 4.5 ( Avoid )

Premise: A suburban family of four is terrorized at night by otherworldly visitors with malevolent intentions.

Mini Review: “Dark Skies” is an alien abduction movie, something like “Communion” (1989), “Fire in the Sky” (1993) and “The Fourth Kind” (2009), but it’s inferior to those. In fact, it’s more of a Thriller than a Horror film, and all the creepiest parts of the movie are given away in the trailer. And it has to be said: The appearance of the aliens is weak, both literally and figuratively. But the performances are good, particularly Keri Russell and J.K. Simmons. Only about half the film’s scares work; the other half are duds. “Dark Skies” actually borrows quite a bit from “Signs” (2002) and the screenwriting of M. Night Shyamalan. But aside from a few creepy moments, “Dark Skies” is ultimately underwhelming with an hour and 45 minutes of set-up and not enough pay-off.

Directed by Scott Stewart. Starring Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton. Sub-genre: Alien Abduction / Thriller. Runtime: 105 min. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teens). U.S. theater release: February 22, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0006.

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