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

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At the beginning of the movie, Lacy locks the sliding-glass door by moving the lock switch up. The next morning Daniel locks the slider by moving the lock switch up. Later Lacy locks the slider by moving the lock switch down. 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 The Birds (1963) See more »

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A decent slow burn

Maybe I had too high of hopes for this. I never, well I try to avoid watching the TV ads and I don't make a habit of watching trailers. Nonetheless I had a pretty good notion of what this film was about and I had really thought maybe this was going to deliver something new that I hadn't seen before. The story was interesting enough for a decent viewing experience & it did have some good frightening scenes spread thinly throughout. Overall it was mainly a psychological thriller and was hardly a horror film, so if you're thinking you're going to be in for any kind of brilliant sci-fi visual experience you won't get much more than very thin "shades" of the most commonly used interpretations of what an alien being looks like. Also don't expect any visual horror scenes because there is little more than a bit of head banging. With a budget of $3.5 million the film relied heavily on story & acting, but laid off on the CGI. Overall it's cast did a fine job & it's production value was as good as any other Hollywood film. While I believe it will hold peoples attention, I doubt many people will be walking out of the theater saying wow or OMG brilliant! The plot was very similar to many other alien abduction films, which made it somewhat predictable right down to the final scene, which contained little more than a very very slight turn of events. Should you run to the theaters or otherwise to see this film, no, but it's still a pretty good watch and do recommend seeing it at your convenience, it's a solid 7/10


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