Thursday, May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Dark Skies

Keri Russell: Lacy Barrett
Josh Hamilton: Daniel Barrett
Dakota Goyo: Jesse Barrett
Kadan Rockett: Sam Barrett

Runtime: 1 h 37 min
Rating: PG-13

Plot: As the Barrett family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

In My Opinion:
 This was another movie on my must see list ever since I first saw the trailer. The story starts out with the family of four having strange things happen inside their home while they're sleeping and later their behaviors all begin to change. It takes the parents some time to realize and accept what is happening to them. Although I started watching this already knowing it was about aliens from the trailers, I was on edge wondering when and how the bug-eyed visitors were going to make their first appearance. I felt frustrated for the parents and kept trying to think of ways they could get help or even stop things from happening. The way the aliens invade all of their lives was terrifying in itself. As a big fan of The X-Files series, I was really pleased with almost everything about this movie. The only thing I can honestly say I didn't like was the ending. The new formula in Hollywood seems to be trending toward the shock factor, and in this one I definitely didn't like it (and I already suspected the twist way before it was revealed). I realize not everything happens with a happy ending, but with this one it would've been nice to see an exception to the rule.

It Rating Time

The Story:  4 out of 5 stars: It was awesome but the ending left me frustrated.

The Acting: 5 out of 5 stars: Keri Russell delivers as the star of the show and the rest of the ensamble did well—especially the oldest boy.

The Scare Factor: 5 out of 5 stars: Although it's (thankfully) not your typical horror film and is better described as a thriller, it scared the tar out of me in many places.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Bottom line: If you like thrillers and alien movies, you'll definitely like this one!


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