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Dark Skies (2013)

Keri Russell , Jake Brennan , Scott Stewart  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett
  • Directors: Scott Stewart
  • Writers: Scott Stewart
  • Producers: Bailey Conway, Bob Weinstein, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twc
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEIYG98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Skies" on IMDb

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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.

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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Dark Skies" (2013 relase; 97 min.) brings the story of the Barrett family. Mom (played by Keri "Felicity" Russell) and dad (played by Josh Hamilton) are stressing because of their precarious financial situation (Dad is in between jobs, mom is barely hanging on to her real easate brokerage). They have two sons, 13 yr. old Jesse and 5 or 6 yr. old Sammy. Then slowly but surely strange things are starting to happen in and around the house, including a strange "remodeling" of the kitchen, then disappearance of pictures, and then hundreds of birds flying head-on into the house for no apparent reason. What is going on here exactly? At this point we're not even half-way into the movie, and things are to get a lot more tense than that still. But to tell you more of a plot-heavy movie like this would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, I had seen the trailer for this movie a few times in recent weeks, and thought it looked kinda interesting. I took a chance on this, and am glad I did. It is not a horror movie as such, nor is it really a sci-fi movie. "Dark Skies" actually falls somewhere in between, and on more than one occasion during the movie I saw elements from the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and also from the "Poltergeist" franchise just to name those. Second, what a delight to see Keri Russell again,as I sort of lost track of her. It is incredible that 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of when "Felicity" first hit the small screen. Russell is ageing quite nicely (if you can call someone in their mid/late-30s "ageing"), and she carries this movie, period. Kudos also to young Kadan Rockett as little Sammy, and J.K. Simmons who plays a small role late into the movie.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand... May 31, 2013
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...the hatred for this movie. Then again, I didn't understand the critics dislike of "The Forth Kind" from a few years ago or the dislike of "Fire In The Sky" from many years ago. I seems like whenever a movie comes along that doesn't involve a bike riding alien going over the moon (E.T.) or monsters blowing up the planet (Independence Day)the critics just can't seem to wrap their heads around it.
I've read about this movie being compared to the Paranormal Activity series.
This had NOTHING to do with ghosts. The usage of camcorders is minimal and I wouldn't for a second consider this film part of the "shaky cam" genre.
I knew within the first ten minutes this film was about alien abductions.
You're either a fan of this sort of film or you're not.
As far as your belief in aliens or inter-dimensional beings....I'm agnostic....like religion.
The movie itself?
Brilliant acting.
Amazing direction.
Perfectly cast.
Excellent score.
Many genuine moments that made me recoil in shock....not in a gross out way but in fright.
One of the best entries in the alien abduction genre I've ever seen.
Do you remember those few REALLY freaky episodes of the X Files?
That's what this is only better
Ignore the critics and judge for yourself....
Recommended.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark skies is sunny entertainment March 17, 2013
By Rokudan
Format:DVD
I just took my daughter to see this on the big screen because I liked the bird collision with the window when I saw the trailer. The film started with the slow to moderate pacing of witnessing a family in the throes of tension created by the economy---bunker mentalities abound.Then something happened in Sammie's bedroom that made me jump the same way I did with "signs". Then pow. I was in. I immediately thought of the first script version of Close Encounters written by Paul Schrader "Taxi Driver". Spielberg turned it down saying it was mean spirited and didnt want a hostile invasion story. This movie was that draft. This independent piece was a homage to Close Encounters of the third kind, ET, The Birds, Poltergeist, Signs, and Paranormal Activity. Harvey Weinstein greenlit a film which was carried surprizingly well by the acting chops of Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton. I actually cared what happened to these people and thats rare for a scary film to be character and plot driven. The director kept his camera tight on the faces so the actors could not milk their expressions. The blank face fear always works. The soundtrack is very effective in its use against silence. The tension spilling on the children made me believe this couple has been toxic toward each other for a long time---long before the movie's circumstances introduced the audience to them. And maybe that tension drew the attacks to their home in the first place.
Why not being that original, the film compensated with the right mix of old recipes without diluting its ability to reveal enough of the story on a need to know basis to the audience just as it did to the characters. I didnt feel the need to be smarter than the movie. Expect a sequel.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HELPS WEED OUT THE LUNATICS April 6, 2013
Format:DVD
The story opens showing us a stereotypical suburban neighborhood. The focus shifts to one family. Daniel (Josh Hamilton) is out of work. He can't pay the mortgage but has money for all kinds of video equipment. His wife Lacy (Keri Russell) is a real estate salesperson, and perhaps too honest for her own good. They have two sons, Jesse (Dakota Goyo) who is discovering girls and pot and young Sammy (Kadan Rockett).

The story builds slow, creating character as it goes along, with each incident becoming more puzzling and troubling. Sammy reports of seeing the Sandman, claiming he is responsible for the odd occurrences. About an hour into the film, the events are explained in case you didn't figure it out by the opening Arthur C. Clarke quote.

This film is well done. I enjoyed it, even though I still say the whole thing business is hypnagogic hallucinations. This is must see for those who believe in the Grays. I would rate it somewhere in between rent to own depending on your hypnagogia. (Guess what word I learned this week from my doctor?)

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Teen/tween drug use. Minor groping. Some sex talk, i.e. "going downtown"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good acting. believable situations within the scope of the...
Well acted, suspense builds well even when you know to some degree what is happening but not how it is exactly going to unfold, and the ending does not follow the rushed... Read more
Published 2 days ago by R.Chia
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love conspiracy theories or dream of flying through space this...
The characters are such a nice family even after unexplainable things start to happen. The last scene of the movie is a shocker.. I won't spoil it for you.
Published 11 days ago by Angela Hamon
5.0 out of 5 stars scary
If you dont like scary movies, then dont watch this film! This film is awesome and totally freaked me out for sure. I love scary movies and this one hit me pretty good. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable if this is your genre
If you like similar movies, you will like this one, too. Stay clear of it if this isn't your cup of tea.
Published 28 days ago by James Jennings
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It works great! I guess I can recommend this product to others. Just an OK movie. Not too bad though.
Published 1 month ago by MelissaLynn88
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One of my new favorites! Scary but not terrifying, also rated PG13, not much cussing in it which i appreciate! Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by CEM
5.0 out of 5 stars dont watch alone
It was very scary. Took me by surprise. I loved it. Definitely was not a cheesy scary movie. Dont watch it alone.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed In This Flick
Spoiler alert! I have wanted to watch this movie for quite a while and finally broke down, purchased it via instant video and settled in for an enjoyable horror movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChildrenTeachingMama
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated this movie....
Come on, vampires who are dead dead dead can be restored to life by a blood transfusion (and his girlfriend gets a blood tranfusion also) - This is a rediculous movie.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...
I thought this movie was going to be better than it was. It is not a bad movie but nothing to write home about. Worth the watch.
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