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A film with some interesting elements and decent scares when it isn't inducing a certain level of boredom
on September 29, 2013
Dark Skies is a very uneven film, sprinkled throughout with some very real tension and scares that will get your attention, at least briefly. This kind of film has been done a few times before and they're all about the same in one way or another. Dark Skies is, perhaps, the better of this genre of films; that of alien visitations and abductions and such. In the end, however, there is something generally lacking in this film. There is a perverse sense of hopelessness and helplessness at the hands of these aliens that never gets fully explored or resolved in any truly meaningful way. I get the sense that that is way that the writer/director Scott Stewart intended it. Be that as it may, it leaves the film somewhat unsatisfying in the end. I like a film with some sense of resolution. Dark Skies simply leaves things hanging with no clear purpose to it's existence. Are these beings so far advanced from us that we are little more than cattle for their use and disposal? Is our own intelligence (or lace thereof) so insignificant to them that we simply don't count for anything; that their purpose is beyond anything we are capable of comprehending? Well, as you can see, at least the film gets me to thinking a little. Quite frankly, I'm not into the whole alien thing, so it actually holds little interest to me. I am looking at Dark Skies strictly as a MOVIE experience, in the same way that I view a zombie movie. I do not take it seriously. So I am left looking at this movie as a a movie of interest, but one that is also deeply flawed in terms of overall plot, intention, etc. Stewart is among those directors who seems to take great delight in attempting to make supernatural elements appear to be as real and as probably as possible. There are many in the public who choose to believe such things as aliens and supernatural forces, etc. Stewart certainly relishes in helping them reinforce those beliefs. That is the art of the illusionist, if not the con man and hoaxter. But as a film, Dark Skies left me, in the end feeling unsatisfied and empty, wanting more of something. Still, will watch it again. It does have enough interest and delights contained within it that make it at least a very entertaining way to spend some time with. The acting and over-all production are very high quality. There is little that falls in line of the "cheesy", cheap shot here. Just bear in mind that Dark Skies has a number of moments that languish and induce a certain level of boredom throughout in spite of it's best efforts to scare. One final note: the birds attacking the house was brilliant. I believe I launched myself from the couch.