Review of Dark Skies

Dark Skies (2013)
A Grade Above Most Science Fiction Films.
1 June 2013
It would not be surprising if a viewer might initially be of the opinion that this film is generic, providing some "i've seen this before" passages. However, as the narrative moves along, it becomes apparent that members of the production team have constructed an above-average work, one that avoids undue emphasis upon the too often seen gruesome events and tiresome formulae. As example, the protagonist family, the Barretts, headed by players Josh Hamilton and Keri Russell, with their two sons, ages 13 and six, have not recently moved to an isolated home, as is so often the case. Instead, the action takes place amid a suburban tract setting, with the Barretts financially struggling with a U. S. faltering economy. As a consequence, the film offers development of dramatic significance in lieu of expected sensationalism. Serving to strengthen this emphasis, usage of special effects is eschewed in favour of homely family centered incident. This is a science fiction, not horror themed, film having a motif of alien abduction. Its production characteristics are of consistently high quality, and appropriate to the scenario, with Russell and J.K. Simmons (as a conspiracy theorist) bagging the acting honours. Definitely recommended, particularly for viewers who prefer their thrills mottled with some style. The film is available within an Anchor Bay DVD package that includes some interesting "special features", including alternate and deleted scenes, in addition to an engaging commentary featuring writer/director Scott Stewart accompanied by other production team members. English subtitles are available for the PG-13 rated affair that is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen format.
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