Dark Skies (2013)

Written and directed by Scott Stewart.  Starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J. K. Simmons.

Plot: the Barrett family experiences an escalating series of horrific events until they finally decide that aliens are really after them

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Daniel Barrett (Hamilton), his wife Lucy (Russell), and their two sons, Jesse (Goyo) and Sammy (Rockett) reside in a quiet suberb.  The boys are the best of friends, talking through walkie-talkie’s constantly when they aren’t in direct contact with one another.  But suddenly, everything gets disturbing.  Lucy thinks she sees a figure standing over Sammy’s bed.  Dozens of birds fly into their house.  Sammy walks out of the house with no recollection of ever leaving.  And then both boys are found to have strange markings on their bodies.

Now, Daniel and Lucy begin to believe it’s aliens.  So they set up alarms and cameras and 3 strange figures are recorded standing over their beds at night.  So, they go to a specialist (Simmons) and he tells them that there have been similar cases reported and that these cases usually end with a child abduction.

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We hated this movie.  It does, in fact, end with a child abduction.  The older boy, Jesse, is taken after they thought that the aliens really wanted Sammy.  To top it off, at the end of the movie, the parents are suspects in the disappearance and while fixing up their new apartment, Lucy finds the walkies and suddenly hears Jesse’s voice calling out for Sammy.  Yeah.  WTF!!  They really needed that extra bit of torture in their lives?

This was more annoying than horrifying.  There was NO Freddy Claws.  They never fully cooperated with one another until the end and then it was too late.  There were no rules, no motive and again, I’m mad at myself for having picked this one.  Usually I can’t see a shitty ending coming, but I saw this.  I knew it was about to happen and could do nothing to stop it.  It was an utter waste of time and I expected more from the guy that gave us Legion and Priest.

Our score: 15/100.

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