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Dark Skies [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons
  • Directors: Scott Stewart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CQ2PT2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lucy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton are suburban parents trying to get by and provide for their sons. The struggles of normal life become extraordinary as the Barretts start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their home. Soon, the Barretts begin falling victim to alarming physical and mental afflictions, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force which they must uncover by any means necessary. From the team behind Insidious and Sinister, comes the next chapter in a truly terrifying supernatural thriller.

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The fact that i already knew from reading some other reviews here that this film was more science fiction based than super-natural did put me off a tad initially, but after watching this i gotta admit i found myself on edge throughout and not alot of films scare me, or chill me but this one did.....the story is surprisingly plausible and unfolds at just the right pace to capture and keep attention and you find yourself really caring for the main characters of the film.....the ending obviously leaves the doors open for a follow up film so don't expect a foregone conclusion or happy ending.....but do expect a good 93 mins of gripping, edge of your seat entertainment.
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The great thing about this movie is that nothing really huge happens, until the end, yet it really unsettles you, because of its slow and progressively dark pace and because of its style, which makes you feel and live not just the surface of the events, but also the feelings of the characters.
It's like they took Paranormal activity, with its exhausting expectations for something that can happen anytime but does not until the end, and made it less amateurish and more cinematographic, resulting in something stronger and deeper because it seems to be less merely observational.
So basically it's a good movie, yet it could have been a masterpiece if it didn't reveal what it's about (aliens) at least for the first half (it would have been "funny" if it kept the mystery behind those extraordinary facts making you guess if it was about ghost instead of aliens, at least for a while).
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2013
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Having spent my teenage years in the company of Scully and Mulder, watching their exploits every week, I sometimes forget that there might be one or two people out there who haven't watched the X-files.

`Dark Skies' (despite being named after a failed TV show/X-files clone in the nineties about an alien invasion) is about... well, it's actually about aliens. It's like the film-makers have taken the typical `horror film template' and, instead of having a regular family harassed by ghosts/monsters/whatever, they've had them harassed by aliens.

During the X-files, Scully once - cynically - said, "The alien abduction culture is now so prevalent in our society that you can ask anyone to imagine what it would be like and they would come up with the same story." What we have in Dark Skies is basically your typical alien abduction story. Yes, alien abduction stories have taken a back seat in recent years (basically since the X-files ended), but obviously the producers have felt that a suitable enough amount of time has elapsed and people might have forgotten how many there were in the nineties.

If you like horror (and possibly science-fiction) and have never seen an alien abduction story, you may well find this pretty different and scary. The aliens are creepy, the characters well-acted and the film overall quite enjoyable. Therefore, it probably deserves 4 or 5 stars (depending on how generous you're feeling).

However, I've watched the X-files. I've seen this done better on a weekly basis. I felt that Dark Skies was nothing I had seen a hundred times. It used the clichés of having the kids being targets first and their parents not believing them and fighting over what was real and what wasn't. The police then show up, but are basically useless.
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Strange things begin to happen around the 'Barrett' home firstly at night,
there is no logical explanation.
The incidents become more frequent and more intense as time elapses reaching
levels that make the family believe they are being threatened.............
intimidating experience.
A tense and chilling movie..........the film puts me in mind of movies such
as 'Signs' and 'Poltergeist'
Ok....not a classic, however notably superior to many of the chiller's I've
seen recently, and does have........The Chill Factor .
( the universe is a mighty big place which is still growing, many-many Galaxy's
within, I myself believe we'd be a tad naïve to believe we are alone )
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A very good film. Well acted, cast, scripted and shot with several genuine ' make you jump' moments against a creepy background atmosphere. Naturally, there are some familiar aspects in the tale, the main characters being a middle class-ish mid American family, but the story is gripping with a number of twists and turns that keep you hooked and a 'less is more' approach in regards to the creatures which in this case works admirably. The film ends very well in my view, having got to a point where doing so could have been difficult. Recommended.
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Inexplicable, possibly spooky things happening to ordinary middle class Americans; we’ve seen it many times before and Dark Skies, on the surface, is no different. We have the typical suburban family living unremarkable, ordinarily complicated lives. Suddenly there are strange goings-on and the usual husband vs wife disbelief until stuff starts happening to him too. Cue the kid’s drawings (a much over-used cliché, if ever there was one) and the compulsory visit to a ‘believer/expert’. It’s all very stock-in-trade horror stuff.

However, much like ‘Insidious’ (until the last half hour or so, anyway) and the superior ‘Sinister’ the pace and tension are superbly managed as the aforementioned goings-on escalate. The kids, in particular, are excellent; it’s nice to see a young American kid without a speech impediment (apart from being American, obviously) and all of the performances are credible.

It’s all very silly and a bit formulaic, of course, but entertaining nonetheless with plenty of splendid jumps, a different take on the old strange goings-on theme and an original ending. While not on the same level of abject terror as the Grudge (my benchmark scary movie), Dark Skies manages to do something slightly different in a completely oversaturated genre.
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