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Dark Skies (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  22 February 2013 (USA)
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As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

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As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$8,189,166 (USA) (22 February 2013)

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$17,411,930 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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Trivia

J.K. Simmons was cast at very short notice for his key cameo of Pollard. See more »

Goofs

While Lacy is on the phone after waking up from her blackout, and her boss calls her, while talking she looks at the phone to see the time, and the screen is what it should be when in a call on an iPhone. But then when the camera switches from her point of view to a third person perspective, she lifts the phone to her ear, and the charging battery icon can be seen briefly, along with the slider that shows on the lock screen, which wouldn't happen while on the phone. See more »

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Title Card: Two possibilities exist... Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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References Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) See more »

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Come On Now
Written by Joachim Rygg, Hillary Bernstein, Marcel Dion Wildy, Jonathan Laham
Performed by Miss Amani
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Effective despite its flaws

An interesting ride would pretty much sum up my experience of this film.

The director did a smart job in the beginning by introducing the subject slowly and gradually in the sense that although we knew something was not quite right with this suburban house, he did not rush to bombard us with any massive amounts of visuals or gory scenes thus leaving us both intrigued and in anticipation mode. That is a technique not commonly used and achieving that takes skill.

Following that, the story runs smoothly as our characters go from surprise, to shock, then disbelief and acceptance. Good choice of adult and children actors, in combination to the gradual built up made this an stimulating watch.

It was the climax that I found to be rather anticlimactic. Nothing innovative, or even new. Whilst it never ceased to be thrilling, let's be clear about that, somehow the overdoing of visuals and certain ambiguities concerning the unfolding of the final moments left me somewhat colder.

Still, it is a highly effective and watchable thriller.


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