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"Dark Skies" is a chilling tale of a family's terrifying encounter with alien beings that aren't anything like our caped friend from Krypton. These "grays" as they are called in the film want one thing only from the Barrett family and that one thng is for one of them to comeback for more intrusive testing. "Dark Skies" is one of the films that will actually have you walking cautiously through your own home. This is definitely a interesting film from beginning to end, let's open her up.
The Barrett's are your typical all-american family with bills and domestic issues as most of us have, but for some reason they were chosen. It could have been
their dysfunctional tendencies or even their blatant denial of anything existing outside of our solar system. Either way you slice the pie, they were picked for one eerie encounter. There are two young stars that are the focus of the film, one named Dakota Goyo(Jessie) and a newcomer by the name of Kaden Rockett(Sam). These two boys along with their parents, Josh Hamilton(Daniel) and Keri Russel(Lacy) struggle to maintain their sanity while experiencing unworldly events.
Now, the beginning of the movie is nothing too uncommon as they are merely introducing the family members and showing how they interact with each other. However, as the film advances deeper into "Dark Skies", you begin to notice little odd events as you would in most alien encounter films. The basic object missing here or thump in the night there, but there is an exception because not only are things happening with inanimate objects-they are happening to the Barretts as well! Blackouts, lapses in time, sleepwalking and other bizarre behaviors just to name a few. It's like a whirlwind when you finally begin to piece the events together, but you'll only be halfway there. "Dark Skies" truly is a suspenseful masterpiece that will have the hairs on the back of your neck reaching for the stars.
In addition to "Dark Skies", there are several other sci-fi films out there depicting various alien encounters such as "Fire In The Sky", "Signs" and even "The Fourth Kind", but this one had me worried for a moment. "The Fourth Kind" had it's points where you felt the chills, but "Dark Skies" takes the cake because it's so realistic. The aliens aren't overdone and the heightened awareness that you experience throughout the film leaves you jumpy to say the least. We've definitely got to give Hamilton(Daniel) some praise in this film for his mind-blowin facial expressions that he generously gave throughout the film to add intruige and awe to the chilling tale. Didn't mean to interrupt the flow, but I was just thinking of his flabbergasted responses to a lot of the events in the film.
As for the kiddies, Dakota and Rockett, they did an excellent job of playing their vital roles. If this film had just been about adults experiencing some extraterrestrial mayhem, it wouldn't have had as large an impact on the viewer. The fact that the children are the center piece of "Dark Skies'' hits most of us close to home. We dread the thought of something happening to our families that we have no control over. Parents want to be solid providers for their children, nurturers if you will, but when an alien is in your midst there's not much anyone can do.
It's hard to find anything to complain about in this film, but I'm sure there's some doofus that will argue about the technicalities of the movie's encounter. They'll yell in their high-pitched squeal that an alien wouldn't do this or do that, but phuck all that- "This movie rocks"! This is a quality film that was written and directed by Scott Stewart, a man that has also influenced many well-known films such as "Sin City" and "Legion". So with all the visual effect experience and knowledge of uncanny events, Stewart couldn't help but to win with "Dark Skies". This is definitely a film to watch with the lights off and minimal distractions.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for those that enjoy a chilling encounter of the cinematic kind(lol). This movie was well crafted and will fit nicely into anyone's top-secret stash of conspiracy theory and alien archives. So if you haven't seen it yet, rent it now and comeback to tell us what you thought. Now for those of you that feel you have had first hand experience with alien beings, you are also welcome to share your story below.
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