Monday, June 3, 2013

Dark Skies Movie Review – Fear the Dark

Length: 97 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: February 22, 2013
Director: Scott Stewart

Daniel is quite possibly the worst husband of all time. He and his wife Lacy (Keri Russell) are struggling with bills because he lost his job. Though he goes on a few interviews, nothing happens, and he lies to his wife, telling her that he thinks he landed a job. Lacy tries to overlook things and focuses on selling homes as a real estate agent.

One night, she finds food sitting in the kitchen floor and the refrigerator door open. She finds more odd things like furniture rearranged, food stacked up again, and the alarm going off in their home. They talk to the police, who never find anything and insinuate that it's her son Jesse causing the problems. Their youngest son Sammy starts acting out too, screaming in front of his friends and wetting his pants, which he hasn't done in years. After Lacy passes out in the middle of a house showing and a group of birds attack their house, she begins investigating the possibility that something dark is following her family.

I was so excited to see "Dark Skies," and I was lucky that our drive-in theater got it after it left the regular theaters around Dayton. Instead of being a slightly dark and entertaining film, it was the type of movie that left me checking my watch and wondering how much time was left, which is especially sad given its short length.

It's hard to explain exactly what the problem is, but it did feel like the film was short on action. Something big would happen, and the film would then spend 20 minutes explaining it or showing the parents fighting. It got to the point where I just wanted to scream at the screen and tell her to leave his ass already. There was so much backstory about his lack of a job and how it affected the family that I assumed there would be some sort of payout later but that never happened. The end of the movie just kind of showed them downsizing and moving on.

It didn't help that they brought it the great and talented J.K. Simmons. Simmons plays a man who knows all about "The Grays" and has experience with them. Lacy convinces her husband to talk to him, they do, and her husband then wants to just storm off instead of listening to him. He gets one scene and pops up for a few seconds later and that's it.

As a big fan of Russell, I can't believe that she did this film. I also can't believe the interviews she gave where she discussed how scary the movie was and how her kids probably wouldn't see it. If "Dark Skies" is scary, I'm the Queen of England.

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