Extraterreatrial horror is never a captivating and succeasful genre. The last major feature of this kind -Timur Bekmambetov's 'Apollo 18' ended in our year's worst list. Even last week's 'Spider 3D' looks so hokey and bad. But 'Dark Skies' should benefits from the household name of Jason Blum, whose producing hits include 'Saw', 'Insidious' and 'Sinister'. In the end, will this alien-cum-conspiracy theory-occupied 'Dark Skies' emerges as the year's dark horse of horror hit or this tricky genre will spurn another bad movie once more?
Release Date: 28 February 2013
Running Time: 95 minutes
Distributor: Nusantara Edaran Filem (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Scott Stewart
Screenplay: Scott Stewart
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo
Plot: From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION) Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons
Unfortunately, the answer is closer to latter than former. While 'Dark Skies' attempts to create enough sheer of terrifying notes and exciting plot, it generally fails to deliver a satisfying horror, only to resort on flatness and less than adventurous plot to try to do the job. Even worst when most of the scenes, not limited to the exposition conponent are strictly unoriginal and disappointing. Some will compares this with 'Signs', a similar thematic movie by M. Night Shyamalan.
Then, serious lack in consistency and proper goal are the main factor which drives the movie into another one-note piece of frail thriller. An unusually weak acting performance by Kerry Washington and Josh Hamilton further dampens the movie into another low. With stereotypical situations flaunting the family into the plot with everyone seems to have their own problems, 'Dark Skies' is a lame alien horror movie that gives you more reasons to complaint then to understand.
In summary, 'Dark Skies' fails to make a full distinction that sets it apart from other close encounter movies, heavily burdened by a lazy, poor and unoriginal concepts and stories to be savoured with.