DARK SKIES [BLU-RAY] (2013)
Dark Skies [Blu-ray] (2013)
Actors: Keri Russell,
Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett
Director: Scott Stewart
Writers: Scott Stewart
Producers: Bailey Conway, Bob Weinstein, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones,
Charles Layton, Harvey Weinstein
Format: Color, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
Run Time: 97 minutes
Skies kicks off with a quote by Arthur C. Clarke:
“Two possibilities exist - either we are alone in the
Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
That is about as science fiction-y the movie gets.
Dark Skies is actually a horror movie in which a
typical American middle class family is terrorized by
a bunch of “grey” aliens, intent on kidnapping a
member of their family.
Paranormal Activity, but with aliens instead of
ghosts and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.
At one point the dad even rigs up digital cameras in
all the rooms in their suburban home to see what is
behind strange phenomena such as flocks of birds
smashing into the house, mysterious marks appearing on
their youngest kid’s body, and so forth.
Poltergeist for the iPad generation, then.
It may be derivative as hell but, to be fair, Dark
Skies has a few effective creepy scenes that will
make audiences jump in their seats. As long as that is
what you expect from a movie and you’re not too
bothered by things such as “originality” then by all
means, check out Dark Skies on Blu-ray or DVD.
However, be warned: the movie is undermined by the
thought that “why would highly advanced aliens travel
millions of light years to play parlor tricks on a
typical American family?”
To be honest the scariest scenes in the movie are
seeing the suburban mum (Keri Russell) and her
unemployed husband (Josh Hamilton) struggle making
ends meet in today’s depressed economy. Whereas the
baby boomer couple in Spielberg’s 1982
some weed and generally had a fine time (except for
the angry poltergeist inhabiting their home bit), the
Dark Skies are made to suffer through painful job
interviews and domestic arguments about whether they
should cut cable in order to make ends meet.
In fact, we rather felt sorry for them and felt it
unfair that they should cope with sadistic aliens in
addition to modern capitalism . . .
THE DISC: Good
sound and video quality will have to do, because the
remainder of the Blu-ray uniformly fails to impress.
An audio track contains comment from Stewart, editor
Peter Gvodas and two of the film’s producers. The
director and editor also provide optional audio
commentary for a set of deleted and alternate scenes.
That’s it, though DVD and digital copies are included
in the Blu-ray set. If the film itself is your primary
goal, the transfer is gorgeous and the sound is
terrific. Just don’t expect anything more for your
- James O'Ehley, Rob Vaux