THE PLOT THUS FAR
From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Dark Skies” spends a great deal of time setting up the thread of a house for sale. The mother, a real estate agent, is trying to sell it. It’d be almost metaphorical in the hands of a better director/screenwriter. But after an unusual incident, she is told to take time off…and and it just ends there. The father’s search for a job culminates in the implication of a successful interview, but that peters out to nowhere too. These may sound like minor squabbles, but they lead to a series of major problems once we arrive at – what is expected to be called – the ending.
The performances hit it home for me even though it wasn’t always as emotionally powerful as it should have been. Keri Russell isn’t in enough movies as she should be, but when she does make a movie her performances are always genuine and for surprisingly her horror film, this role fits like a glove and gives a raw and layered performance. Keri plays wife and mother of two boys Lacy Barrett, who is a struggling realtor trying to make ends meet while her husband Daniel Barrett played effortlessly by Josh Hamilton, tries desperately to find a better job to support their family. Right away their peaceful suburban life is turned upside down when they become under attack by strange supernatural forces.
The Blu-Ray comes with alternate and deleted scenes. Plus, you get a commentary that pats itself too much on the back. The A/V Quality is pretty superb with a stunning DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. The 1080p transfer is serviceable for what it is. You also get a DVD and Ultraviolet copy. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!